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! 

 
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