Sunday, May 28, 2017

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare Review


OMG IT'S FINALLY HERE!!! After waiting for a year and two months for this book it is finally here and it cannot be more glorious!!!

This book picks up about a week after the events of Lady Midnight and let me just say that this book was just as mind blowing, plot twisting and heartbreaking as the first book, Lady Midnight. Usually i trilogies, the second book is sort of a let down but of course, with the queen Cassandra Clare that is never the case because this book is utterly mind blowing. 

The writing was beautiful and flawless as always and there were so many plot twists in this book I was at the edge of my seat the whole time! There is immense character growth in this book and things are so much more complicated than ever!!!

And the freaking book cliffhanger! OMG. And we have to wait until 2019 for the next book to come out...I can't. I know she's releasing the first book of a new series next year but I honestly rather she would release the final book of this series first because THE FEELS.

I did feel as if some parts of the book were a tad bit slow...like very few moments but they honestly didn't bother me that much! I love that in this book we got to see more of the Blackthorn siblings-Dru,Ty,Livvy and Tavvy and I was also super excited to see more of our lost (and now found) Herondale, Kit!

Also, seeing characters from past series really made me nostalgic as I've been reading this series for four years now and I've been so invested in the series every since. Seeing Jace, Clary, Magnus and Alec again really made me happy:) But I would've liked to see more of Simon and Izzy of course.

This series is very complex and very different from Cassie's past shadowhunter series such as the Mortal Instruments and The infernal Devices in that the problems or shall I say the climax of the book more and mostly with faeries. Faeries were so interesting and I really liked getting to see more of them and their nature!

I am extremely worried as to how the events of the next book will be and how Cassie Clare will solve all the problems and weave everything out because everything is in such a complicated mess!!!

Overall, I rate this book a 5/5 stars...as expected. This book/series is phenomenal and trust me, go read this book, you won't be disappointed.

Now I'm just praying that 2019 will come soon enough:( (Cries). 



Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee ARC Review


The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue follows a tale of two friends on their grand tour of the 18th century Europe who stumbles upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt and war with pirates.

This book is fun, quirky with an LGBTQ romance and I highly enjoyed this book!!!

I was expecting a lot from this book and I was really surprised by how historically accurate it was!!! The main protagonist Monty was definitely wild and hilarious at times and he goes through tremendous character development in this book and I really liked seeing that by the end of this book!

I also loved the other characters such as Percy and Felicity and the character relationships in this book were so spot on!!! I definitely thought that at times the book was more character driven and plot driven and I'm not complaining;)

I also loved how Mackenzie Lee discussed the political views and the racial views during 18th century Europe!!! It was extremely interesting to see and I can definitely tell that the author did a lot of research beforehand writing this book which is always cool:)

I did think that the story got a little slow at times plot wise which was a tad bit disappointing and I definitely thought that the story could've picked up the pace...but there were few of those moments and the story usually got back on track so that was good:)

That's all I can say about this one!!! I really enjoyed it and it is very historically accurate which is always cool!!! I rate this book a 4/5 stars!!! Make sure to check this book out when it comes out on June 2017!!! 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han Spoiler Free Review


Always and Forever, Lara Jean is the third and final installment of the n=now trilogy (?) To all the boys I've loved before!!! So this series was supposed to be a duology but Jenny Han decided that she wanted to write another book about Lara jean so here we are! This book was unexpected but I was still thoroughly excited since I loved the last two books. 

And now that I've read it..I find myself surprisingly underwhelmed. 

See, contemporary books are contemporary books for a reason. When an author decides to add more to a contemporary world, it usually doesn't go well because there aren't enough elements in the setting of the book for the author to expand. That was pretty much the situation with this book.

This book was just so...boring. There was no plot, and sure, Peter and Lara Jean were all cute and fluffy and everything, but even that wasn't enough for my attention span to not wander. 

I loved Jenny Han's writing as always (No pun intended, hardy har har). but this book just lacked a plot, character development and honestly, I kind of wished this book never happened because now I ca't recommend this series as a whole...

I definitely recommend the first two books...trust me, they're great. This one??? Read it if you want to...you probably won't hate it. I won't either. But this book is so boring and bland compared to the first two, I can almost ensure you that you will be disappointed.

I rate this book a 3/5 stars. I'm kind of sad that I didn't like this book so much but still, and again I would definitely recommend the first two books if you haven't read them yet!

Thanks for reading my review:)

Friday, May 5, 2017

A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN by Sarah J. Maas Review!


OMG. The time has finally come. I think I can say that A Court of Wings and Ruin was one of the most anticipated books of 2017 in our book community. Like ever since it came out, everyone has been raving about it...like EVERYONE.

And it freaking deserves it!!!

I have waited for this for about a year now and omg it was so worth the wait. Sarah J. Maas always finds ways to surprise me with her writing, and her phenomenal stories and plot twists! (Yes there are plot twists in this book but then again what Sarah J. Maas book doesn't.)

That is all I can say without spoiling the book for you guys! I rate this book a 5/5 stars! I loved this book from the first page to the land and I was literally crying by the end of this book because omfg the FEELS. This was such a good ending to Feyre and Rhysand's story and even though theyir story is over, I'm so excited for the continuation of the series in the Prythian world!!!

So yeah. I'm just going to fangirl and you've been warned!!! There will be spoilers so don't read anymore if you haven't read the book yet!!!

FANGIRL TIME: 

1. Why am I feeling bad for Tamlin all of a sudden??? Like I hated him so much for the entirety of this series and I loathed him in this one as well but in the ending scene when he told Feyre to be happy and saved Rhysand from dying... I truly felt bad for him and amidst everything I found out that he still loves her...(Cries one tear...cuz I still kinda hate him)

2. Um...Mor is gay??? Okay, that's cool and I felt really bad for her when I learned her backstory about loving a human and all the tragedies of that but AZRIEL. Omg my Azriel has been pining over Mor for five hundred freaking years like WTF. I love Mor but girl needs to suck it up and tell him so that he can find someone else and live his life. Honestly tho...

3. Nesta and Cassian

OMG. I only hve a few things to say...I SHIP IT. I SHIP IT HARD. Was I the only one dying at their little moment at the end??? (Squeals)

4. Elain and Lucien

Fingers crossed that I'll get to see more of them in the next year but I'll feel like they will be so cute and I'm super happy about the character development that both Elain and Lucien went through in this novel. 

5. Feyre and Rhysand...mostly Rhysand

OMG They are like my OTP. I loved how Rhysand treated Feyre as an equal and in a lot of ways this book really portrays the idea of feminism really well as in women deserve to have the equal power as men and that is what I really love about their relationship. But besides that...isn't Rhysand just like the most perfect male species ever? Plus, my heart died for a few chapters when I thought Rhysand was actually dead. I'm serious I was about to jump off a cliff...

6. High Lords

I love getting to know the high lords a bit more it was super interesting! Also the meeting with the high lords and when Tamlin showed up??? Damn that chapter was phenomenal. 

7. Lastly, THE BATTLE SLAYED MY LIFE.

So yep. Those are my basic outline of thoughts after reading this book. I really loved it and my mind is still in awe mode cuz I keep thinking about it even though it's been a few hours since I've finished it. 

Hope you enjoyed my review/fangirl ranting!!!


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sandhya Menon: Author of When Dimple Met Rishi Interview



Hi guys! So I recently read and reviewed the ARC of WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI by Sandhya Menon and I absolutely fell in love with this cute contemporary! If you would like to read my spoiler free review on it, click here: Review

Make sure to check the book out when it comes out on May 30th!

I got to interview the lovely author, Sandhya about her upcoming release! I hope you enjoy it:)

Interview:

1. Has your own experience with Indian culture shape the setting for this book? How?

Definitely! I immigrated to the US at the age of fifteen from India, so I was already fairly old when I had to assimilate into a dominant culture that was completely different from my own. As a teen, though, my idea of what was "cool" began to come from US culture soon after I moved here, which caused a lot of friction with my immigrant parents! I used those experiences to show not just Dimple and Rishi's perspectives, but their parents' points of view, too.

2. In your novel, When Dimple Met Rishi, Rishi is afraid to pursue his passion because he is afraid of the not so successful outcome. Has that ever happened to you?

Haha, YES. I think this is something a lot of creative people can probably relate to. I've definitely gone into writing slumps because I've felt like I'd be writing stories for eons that no one would ever want to read. What a depressing thought! But the flip side is that I came to realize I write for me first and foremost, so even if no one ever read another word I wrote, I'd still keep on writing. (I might just have to get a day job to, you know, eat.)

3. Which character can you relate to more? Dimple or Rishi?

Oh, man, tough question and I can't just pick one. I've got equal parts of each of them in me, I think!

4. If you could sort Dimple and Rishi in to Hogwarts houses, what house would you put them in and why?

Dimple would be a Gryffindor through and through: She's tough, she's passionate, she's brave, and she's short-tempered.
Rishi would be a Ravenpuff (Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff combined): He's witty, wise, and creative, but he's also loyal and patient beyond belief!

5. What inspired you to write When Dimple Met Rishi? How do you organize your ideas?

I feel like the world is desperate for more happy stories of marginalized teens. We need stories besides ones where we are mired in adversity and challenges. And what's happier than love (of any kind--romantic love, parental love, friendship, etc.!)? :)

I organize my ideas using Word and Scrivener. So when I first come up with an idea, I jot it down quickly in a Word document dedicated solely to my ideas. And then I'll write up a one page synopsis if it's something I want to pursue. After that, I do an outline in Scrivener using the flashcard system before getting down to business!

6. Summer is coming up soon! What is a YA contemporary novel you would recommend to everyone?

I am a HUGE Becky Albertalli fan and she has two out now, so either of those! I also love all things Stephanie Perkins and Jenny Han. 

7. Lastly, what is your advice to aspiring writers?

Don't get sucked into your writing cave! The best thing you can do for your art is to get out there and rack up those life experience points. :)

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  And that was my interview!!! Once again, Thank you so much Sandhya for letting me interview you! Guys, When Dimple Met Rishi is honestly one of the best contemporaries I have ever read so make sure to check it out when it comes out on May 30th!



Monday, May 1, 2017

SPILL ZONE Blog Tour!


Hi Guys! So, I got to participate in Scott Westerfeld's and Alex Puvilland's new graphic novel, SPILL ZONE! And even better, I'll be starting off the tour this week!💥💥

So, for those of you guys who don't know what Spill Zone is about:

Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. Uncanny manifestations and lethal dangers now await anyone who enters the Spill Zone.

The Spill claimed Addison’s parents and scarred her little sister, Lexa, who hasn’t spoken since. Addison provides for her sister by photographing the Zone's twisted attractions on illicit midnight rides. Art collectors pay top dollar for these bizarre images, but getting close enough for the perfect shot can mean death—or worse.
When an eccentric collector makes a million-dollar offer, Addison breaks her own hard-learned rules of survival and ventures farther than she has ever dared. Within the Spill Zone, Hell awaits—and it seems to be calling Addison's name.
                                                            Sounds Pretty Cool Right?


    I REALLY Enjoyed this book. This book was extremely fast paced, and action packed and I'm not a huge graphic novel fan myself-however, I found myself flying through the pages with this one! The dialogue is amazingly witty and quirky while delivering a rather dark adventure. Scott Westerfeld managed to weave a world full of adventure and heart and I found myself enjoying this book from the start to the finish.


        This book is SUPER COOL and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a fast paced, fun and action filled read! This book is coming out TOMORROW, May 2nd!!! If you would like to buy/ Pre-order the book I will leave the link to that right here:

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                                                              Barnes and Noble

ALSO! As a part of this book tour, I got an exclusive photo from the authors that I got to share with you all!


So that was my blog tour post/ review for the SPILL ZONE TOUR!!! I highly recommend this one and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Make sure to check it out tomorrow, May 2nd when it releases and feel free to use the links above:)

Thank you guys for reading💕

                                                                 





                                                           





Sunday, April 30, 2017

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon ARC Review


Yesterday when I attended Yallwest, I got to snatch an ARC of When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon and yes...

I read this in one day!!!

When Dimple met Rishi is a cute and heartwarming contemporary about Dimple, an Indian girl who has her life all planned out which does not include searching for the perfect ideal Indian husband-which is what her parents wants.   

Rishi on the other hand is extremely traditional and when his parents tell him that Dimple-the girl that his parent's matched for him will be attending the same summer program, he immediately plans to woo her but things go haywire when they find out that they are both running on different agendas...

I had high expectations for this book just because of the many things I have heard about it and OMG this book deserves the hype that it gets and more! 

This was by far, one of the most cute, heartwarming and funny contemporaries that I have read in a long time! It is so hard to find romance contemporaries with not just unique characters but unique cultures and this book had both!

Also, Dimple and Rishi are my new OTP. I swear they are just so freaking cute. I honestly couldn't put this book out. This book was fast paced without making everything feel like it was rushed. The ending was satisfying and perfect. The writing was beautiful and funny and bittersweet.

The hour wait under the hot sun I had yesterday for this book at yallwest was completely worth it! I am so glad I stumbled upon this one! 

All in all, I rate this book a 5/5 stars and I wish I could give it more if I can! This is a must go to contemporary! Watch out for this book which releases on May 30th!!!

Thanks for reading my review!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

YALLWEST Experience!!!


YALLWEST 2017 JUST HAPPENED!!!

This year I finally got to attend one of the biggest, well known book conventions, YALLWEST!!!

And as expected, it was pretty amazing! I got to meet authors, get free stuff and fangirl with other book nerds...what isn't there to love? I just wanted to share how Yallwest went and show you guys the books I've got!

Fierce Friday:

Fierce Friday was a super fun preview event where you can meet authors, get your books signed and etc. to get your weekend started off right! At this event I got to meet one of my favorite authors of all time, Veronica Roth and a contemporary author I have been loving lately-Nicola Yoon! They were super nice and it was so great finally getting to meet them!!!

Also, there were a lot of games like book trivia...which I won and got books because it's book trivia and I know my books😎

Yallwest:

People were super cray this year and started lining up around early as 4:30 in the morning! I went around eight in the morning hence the event starting at nine and the line was looongg.

So I had a schedule planned out and everything but like...things didn't quite go as expected😰 So my friend and I just ended up doing anything that sort of came in to view.

Which turned out SUPER well, because omg there is free stuff EVERYWHERE! From movie posters, book posters to book swag and ARCS, literally you could turn around and go to a random booth and come out with a ton of stuff! I ended up snagging nine free books in total!

Books I got:

ARC of Things I Should Have Known by Claire LazeBnix

ARC of Genuine Fraud by e. lockhart

ARC of The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

ARC of This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Still Life with Tornado by A.S King

ARC of Generation One by Pittacus Lore

ARC of When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

ARC of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

I desperately wanted to attend Leigh Bardugo's ARC signing for Warbringer but the tickets were sold out literally thirty minutes in to the event so I was unable to go:( I'm still internally crying about it😖

But other than that I truly had an amzing time! Yallwest definitely deserved all the hype it gets and I cannot wait for Yallwest 2018! 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz

 

Alex and Eliza is a Hamilton retelling and while I am actually not a fan of Hamilton-(Not a hater, just didn't get in to it!) The hype for this book was real and I wanted to join in on the buzz!

And I was pleasantly surprised!

I was a pretty harsh critic towards Melissa De La Cruz's other recent novel, Something in Between, and therefore I didn't expect that much from this one but I was pleasantly surprised!

This book takes place in the 1800's and follows-of course, the Schuyler sisters and Alex. Eliza is portrayed as a witty female with a sharp tongue and keen mind. Alex is portrayed as a penniless but brilliant colonel who is a flirt-as he was in history as well.

This book was cute, romantic and overall a really pleasant read! This book actually made me a fan of Hamilton and its music! I was thoroughly surprised because the book was very accurate with its characters and settings. It made the story much more accurate and that was another contributing factor to this novel. 

I really loved the dialogue between Eliza and Alex! It was delightfully enjoyable and witty I found myself laughing constantly at their banter.

Have I read better romance contemporaries? YES. Have I read better historical fiction books than this one? YES. However, I have never read a historical fiction novel as jolly as this one. Most of them are so serious there is almost no room for joyfulness-but this was quite the opposite. Although Melissa de La Cruz's writing is by far one of my favorites, I feel that this book will stay with me for a long time!!!

Overall, I rate this book a good 4/5 stars! I would definitely say to give this a go even if you're not a big fan of Melissa De La Cruz or Hamilton-trust me, you'll become a fan after this book! This book actually made me a fan of Melissa's writing and I'm definitely looking forward to her future work. 





Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor Review


YAYAY!!! I FINALLY finished my first Laini Taylor book! I have heard so many good things about this author and I had her book Daughter of Smoke and Bone but I never read it...

BUT! I knew I wanted to read this book because of the hype surrounding it and it was very well deserved! 

This book is MAGICAL! The world building is incredible and the imagery in this book is fantastic and so vivid I could see everything as if I were seeing it with my own eyes. 

It did take me a while to get used to Laini Taylor's lyrical way of writing but in about thirty pages or so I got used to it and I really enjoyed it a lot! I think what makes this book so great is the fact that it is both plot driven and character driven which is't common in YA fiction. 

That is pretty much all I can say without spoiling anything! I rate this book a 4.5/5 stars. I cannot wait for the next installment in this series because let me tell you, The CLIFFHANGER!!! If you haven't read this book yet, drop everything and check it out because you are missing out!

SPOILERS:

1. The Characters:

This book was FULL of interesting characters! I loved Lazlo and love for books and discovery! Sarai was great and I loved her personality as well. So many characters that weren't even main characters had their own unique personalities and that really shone in to this book. I loved every single character and found all of them interesting. 

2. Eril Fane and Azareen

Their story hit me the hardest. The heartbreak and the obstacles they've been through really made mt heart ache. I ship them hard so much and I seriously want them to get through their struggles and be with each other. 

3. Lazlo and Sarai

I LOVED their relationship so much! The dreams that Lazlo had was so cute and I loved every single page of it! I'm definitely curious ass to where they're relation is going to go in the next bok and I'm super worried because Minya has power over Sarai now-which I am SUPER PISSED about but anyway, if they do not end up together I am going to kill someone so yeah...

4. PLOT TWIST

I totally didn't see this coming! Lazlo is Godspawn??? WHAT?!?! This is one of the few times where I didn't know this was coming and now he's Minya's brother and now things are so complicated but more interesting than ever! There were so many bombs (literally) and plot twists at the end I couldn't stop gasping. 

So yeah. That was my ranting. You know a book is really good when I write long reviews and start ranting. So Go read this book! You won't regret it!



Monday, March 27, 2017

The End of Oz by Danielle Paige Spoiler Free Review


FINALLY! It's not every day I can say that I stayed loyal to a series! I usually end up not finishing a series unless I really really like it! This series holds a lot of memories for me because I read the first book, Dorothy Must Die when it first came out back in 2014. I never imagined that I would be finishing this series but here I am:)

So, as I stated, reading this book was super bittersweet. This book was definitely not perfect and was definitely not the best book in the series by far but I still really enjoyed it!

Even though I read the last book, the Yellow Brick War more than a year ago, the first chapter really took me back in to this world. I really appreciated the short recaps the author put in the book as a refresher! It really helped me jump straight back in to the story!

I loved the sarcastic humor in this book portrayed by our protagonist Amy! I loved her character growth in this book and I could see her grow as a person which was great! I really liked the relationship between Nox and Amy was well:)

My favorite aspect of this book was .....Dorothy got her own POV Chapters! They were all super funny and hilarious and despite everything she has done, I still felt for her. We definitely got more of a glimpse in to her life and how she became who she was and that was really cool to see. 

I am going to say that while the ending resolution of this book was pretty fun and had a nice twist, it could've ended a lot better and it definitely could've been at least a hundred pages more longer. I honestly felt that the ending was being really rushed somehow.

Overall, I rate this book a 3.5/5 stars! I definitely recommend you give this series a go if you haven't yet! While the last book isn't the best-not that it's bad, it's still good-the series is super fun and fast paced so it definitely has something for everybody!

Thanks for reading!



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon Review


I FINALLY Read EVERYTHING EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon!

This book is about a teenage girl, Madeline, who has SCID-basically meaning that she is allergic to the world. So she never left her house for 18 years. She lived the same life in her house over and over again until the new kid-Olly moves in next door and helps her realize that being alive isn't the same as living. 

This book is so hyped all over the place in the book community and me really enjoying Nicola Yoon's other book, The Sun is Also a star (Which I also have a review for, check reviews page) I had high hopes for this one. 

What I am always amazed by Nicola Yoon's books is that all of them follow the cliche story line but somehow the story turns out to be breathtaking and so original. The unique writing and just everything combined makes everything beautiful. 

This book was super sweet with beautiful writing and great characters. I connected with both Madeline and Olly which was great and I found my heart ache for both of them. 

I rate this book a 4.5/5 stars! A super cute and enjoyable read and I would recommend this to anybody looking for a contemporary book to read! I cannot wait for the movie adaptation coming out this May!!!

And now for the SPOILERS:

1. So my biggest ramble is about the ENDING. 

Omg. The reason as to why Maddy's mom locked her up in her house for all of her life was so FREAKIN STUPID. I mean, yeah I get that she was scared of losing Maddy because her husband and her son got killed in a car accident and that sucks

BUT YOU DON'T LOCK YOUR DAUGHTER IN HER HOUSE FOR 18 FREAKING YEARS.

While reading this part of the book I honestly felt that this was just straight up child abuse. You don't do that to someone and it isn't okay and I absolutely do not find it excusable. I was happy that Maddy didn't really forgive her mom for what she did because if I was in her shoes, I would never forgive her. My heart really broke for Maddy when she found out because she basically found out that her life was a lie and she wasted 18 years of it sitting in her room, not able to have the experiences a normal child would have. 

But moving past that depressing stuff...

Just other quick thoughts-
-That trip to Hawaii was so freaking cute! I would've definitely liked to see more because I felt that Maddy was kind of adjusting to her environment way too quickly. It would've been nicer to see her struggles as she adapted to the environment. 

The drawings were on point and cute.

The texts, IMs and the emails were cute. 

Conclusion: Everything was cute

So that was my review! I really really enjoyed this book and I cannot wait for the movie to come out in a few months!!! 

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

After the Game by Abbi Glines ARC Review


After the Game by Abbi Glines follows a girl, Riley Young, who was raped and accused of faking it. She fled Alabama but came back for her family and now her new born daughter. 

When town golden boy Brady Higgins finds Riley and her daughter walking in the rain, he pulls over and gives them a ride-not because he cares for Riley, but because of the kid.

But after that simple car ride, he begins to question everything he thought he knew. Could Brady believe Riley and risk losing everything?

So since this is an ARC review, I can't say much but I will say that this book had...problems. 

I see a major trend in Abbi Glines' books and basically the trend is that there are these super nice weak girls with super soft heart and super modest and THEN

there are those super hot guys with this tough bad boy exterior but has a soft inside and a really sad backstory that makes the girl fall even harder for them...

Ummm...apparently this is a popular trope? I read four abbi glines books and every single one of them followed this line of characters and sure, these types are books are fun sometimes but after a while they just start getting boring. 

No different with this one.

This book is honestly a joke because there is no character development, no unique writing, story and to make things even worse, they basically fall in love at first sight. This book was so sugar coated and rushed and cheesy. Like honestly...ugh. 

Plus the main character, Riley, gets raped. (This isn't a spoiler it literally states this on the back of the book) but this book didn't really discuss how she over came that and that was also a huge issue for me because one does not just come out of rape and be perfectly fine. Yeah this book did touch on the fact on how hard her life has been but the writing portrayed here is nothing remotely similar to what actual rape would feel like and to me that was a real downer. 

Sure the main guy character was swoony and all but that wasn't enough to sway me away from the terrible characters, plot and ending. I rate this book a 2.5 stars out of 5. I honestly just picked this up because I was kind of in a reading slump and I just needed something quick to read. I would only recommend this to you if you need a super quick and meaningless read. I might not even recommend this to you then. 

Well, that was my review! I don't do negative reviews that often so this was new;)

Thanks for reading!



Saturday, March 18, 2017

Author Interview: Gena Showalter, author of Firstlife



Hi guys! I got to interview the lovely Gena Showalter, author of The Alice in Zombie land series and the First Life series! I really liked Alice in Zombie land so make sure to check it out if you haven't done so yet! Check my reviews page for my review!

Also, make sure to check out her sequel to First life, Life Blood which just came out last month!

Interview:

1.     What inspired you to write Firstlife? 
GS:  I love scripture, and there are numerous scriptures about kingdoms not of this earth, kingdom vs. kingdom, a war between spiritual forces-and the power of choice, life and death, blessing and cursing, light and dark, good and evil.  Those themes combined and the idea to write a series where life as we know it is just a dress rehearsal and real life actually begins after death—where two opposite realms are in power—was born.  Of course, I had to add a forbidden romance to the mix!

 2.     What character can you relate to more? Ten (Firstlife) or Alice (From Alice in Zombieland)? 
GS:  I love both girls, but I think I relate more to Ten.  Her obsession with numbers reminds me a little of my obsession with finishing a book once I start.  I’m driven to finish.  I think about the characters and the plot waking and sleeping until the rough draft is done.


3.     If you were to sort your top 4 characters from your books in to Hogwarts houses, what house would they be in and why? 

GS:  Here is where I duck down and make a confession…are you ready…oh, my gosh, I can’t believe I’m admitting this but…I’ve never read the Harry Potter books! 


4.     What YA book would you recommend to anybody? 

GS:  I’m a huge Kresley Cole fan, and her Arcana Chronicles are some of my absolute favorite books.  Exciting, thrilling, sexy—I can’t get enough!


5.     Say you were to choose a book boyfriend from one of your own books! Who would he be and why? 

GS:  I have such a cougar crush on Killian Flynn.  Is he a hero, or is he a villain?  He’s irreverent and sexy, and he melts for only one girl. I want to be that girl!


6.     What other works can we expect from you in the future?

GS:  I’ve got a new Lords of the Underworld novel coming in June (The Darkest Promise, featuring an iron-willed king and the somber demon-possessed beauty who melts him with a glance) and later in the year two contemporary romances in my Original Heartbreakers series, Can’t Hardly Breathe and Can’t Let Go.  Tortured alpha heroes and the women who bring them to their knees!


 7. What advice would you give to aspiring writers? 

GS:  Write for an audience of one.  You can’t please everyone.  What one person loves, another will hate, and what one hates another will love.  Write what you love, and your passion for it will shine through.

And that was my interview! Thank you so much Gena for letting me interview you! Guys if you haven't checked out her books then please do so because they are fantastic!





Monday, March 13, 2017

Author Interview: Robin Roe, author of A List of Cages


Guys I just got to interview the fabulous author, Robin Roe! She is the author of the fantastic novel, A List of Cages. This is a book that deals with violence and abuse but it also deals with very heart warming topics such as love and friendship. I read this book and I absolutely ADORED every single page of it!

I have a review for it up on my review page so if you want to know more about it, then please check that post:)

So without further a due, here is the interview:

1. What inspired the story of A List of Cages?

 I drew from my own life, and from the experiences I’ve had with kids who’ve experienced trauma.

2. How did you get the character ideas of Adam and Julian? 
This will probably sound strange, but it felt like Julian and Adam already existed—as if I was eavesdropping on the thoughts and memories of real people.

3. In this book, Julian's childhood favorite story plays a big part in his life. What is

your favorite childhood story and how has that affected who you are today?
 I had so many picture books as a child, but when I read A Wrinkle in Time, I understood that

you could get something magical across with words alone. That really stuck with me.

4. In this book there are several scenes that deal with serious topics such as abuse.

How did you portray those scenes with writing and was the process difficult? 

For Julian, abuse is such a part of life that he describes it openly, the way he’d describe

anything else. There were times that writing these scenes was difficult, but Julian

doesn’t have the option to look away, so it felt important to stay with him during those

moments. I also felt it was important for the audience. Julian may be alone, but the

reader is a witness.

5. What diverse YA book would you recommend to anybody? 
Every Day by David Levithan.

6. What advice do you give to aspiring writers? 
Write for the joy of writing, and write as if no one will ever read it. The most inhibiting thing in the world is to imagine what others will think of our work as we’re doing it.

7. What other works can we expect from you in the future? 
I’m working on a contemporary YA novel as we speak.

Well that was it! Thank you once again Robin for letting me interview you and guys if you haven't checked this book out yet, then drop everything you're doing and read it now!



Friday, March 3, 2017

Author Interview: S.J Kincaid, author of The Diabolic!


Today I got to interview the wonderful S.J Kincaid! She is the author of The Diabolic- a book known for it's super kick ass action and characters! 

If you don't know what this book is about, Click Here: Amazon

With that, let's get on with the interview! 

1. What inspired the story of the Diabolic? 

The Diabolic was inspired by my love of I, CLAUDIUS, a BBC drama. I really wanted to write a story of a boy born into a murderous royal family who has to feign some weakness to survive them. However, I was tired of writing a boy's pov after Insignia, so that boy became a secondary character.

2. If you can have your own Diabolic, who would it be and why? 

 Oh, I don't think I'd want one. I don't really have any enemies out to destroy me... yet.

3. Which character can you relate to more? Sidonia or Nemesis? 

Ooh, hard to say. I'd say I personally relate most to Tyrus!

4. What is your favorite YA book/series that you would recommend to anyone? 

My favorite YA book right now is the brilliant EXO by Fonda Lee. It is just so intelligent and thoughtful and interesting, and I rave about it everywhere.


5. Can you describe your writing process? How do you start writing a book and how do you organize your thoughts and ideas? 

 I generally have to know quite early how a book is going to end, and I know the major scenes. The beginning involves feeling out what will lie ahead, and then I get a firm idea of the story. I have to sit down to write knowing what I intend to write that day. As for organization... Generally all in my head.

6. Who is your ultimate YA book boyfriend? 

Ooh.... Hard to say! I love the funny guys with a great sense of humor. Failing that, I'd go for a Darkling... Just to see how we get along. I do love a brain.

7. What advice would you like to give to aspiring writers? 

 I would give them the advice to read a lot, write a lot, and grow a thick skin. Many very talented people want to write. The people who succeed are the ones who can endure the ridiculous number of rejections and barriers that will arise to hinder their attempts to get published. Thick skin must be grown.

8. What works can we look forward to from you in the future? 

. I am writing two more Diabolic books! I am very excited about them. I meant it to be a stand-alone, but got this fabulous idea I am infatuated with, so I hope you guys will love it, too.

And that was the interview! Thank you once again S.J Kincaid for agreeing to let me interview you and I hope you guys enjoyed it! Make sure to check out The Diabolic if you haven't yet! 

Friday, February 24, 2017

A List of Cages by Robin Roe Review


A List of Cages is about Julian, a boy who struggles with Autism and Adam who struggles with ADHD. However, they live both very different lives. They eventually form an unlikely friendship and Adam finds himself needing to save the boy he once knew...

GUYS. OMG. THIS BOOK.

This book is definitely one of the most moving, touching and emotional book I've ever read. The story was so beautifully written and I loved both Adam and Julian's POV.

I honestly didn't expect this book to affect me the way it did! The content in this book is so mature and serious because it deals with stuff like abuse and mental illness. This book definitely deals with all that depressing stuff but it also discusses the power of love and friendship. 

I feel like the most empowering factor of this book was how real everything was. The abuse was definitely really hard for me to read and it got me to tears a lot of the time. Especially as a claustrophobic person there were a few scenes in this book that made me literally want to throw up. I definitely do want to warn everyone again. 

BUT, this book as gruesome as it is-this is a book that everyone needs to read. Like this book deserves to be read. I swear to you there is no way that you won't fall in love with this story and the characters. 

If I could erase my memory and read this book again I would. This book holds such a deep message of love and life that it would be sad if someone didn't read this. 

Overall I rate this book a 5/5 stars! Such a great and powerful book and I would definitely recommend this to anybody over the age of fourteen! This book deserves to be read! 

Thank you for reading my review!

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Great Pursuit by Wendy Higgins ARC Review


The Great Pursuit is the sequel to the novel, The Great Hunt! If you guys haven't read The Great Hunt yet-which you totally should btw, it's about a kingdom that is being hunted by a beast. To capture the beast, the King has offered the princess's hand in marriage as a prize to the hunter that kills the beast. 

This book is a less serious version of The Selection and I really liked the first book! I was super excited to read The Great Pursuit and I was so happy when I got an advance copy of it! 

Now since this is an ARC review I really can't say much. BUT, I can say that this book met my expectations! While I didn't like this one as much as I did the first one, I still really enjoyed this book and I felt that this was a really good conclusion to the series! 

The romance in this book is on point and there is a lot more action and battle scenes in this book than the first one which is really awesome to read! 

This series is definitely more character driven than plot driven and we got to see more sides to different characters which was really cool! 

I was bummed out that one of my ships didn't happen tho:( 

Other than that, I don't think I can say anymore about this book! Overall, I rate this book a 4/5 stars! definitely check this book and the first one-The Great Hunt-if you haven't checked it out yet! This duology is definitely the series I would recommend when you're in a book slump or hangover! It's super fun, quick and full of swoony romance! 

Thank you for reading my review!

 
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