Saturday, 20 January 2018

Mini Reviews

I have a few reviews that I never posted on my blog because they were either too short or I didn't think they were good enough to dedicate an entire blog post to them on their own. So I decided to stick all of those subpar reviews together to maybe make one okay blog post.


Love Between Enemies (Grad Night, #2)
Love Between Enemies
Molly E. Lee

Release Date: January 8th, 2018


Synopsis:



Zoey Handler is ready to put an end to her decade-long rivalry with Gordon Meyers. They’ve traded top spot between valedictorian and salutatorian for years, but all that’s over now. Right? But after a crazy graduation speech prank gets out of hand, suddenly their rivalry turns into all-out war. Time to make peace with a little friendly payback.

Step one? Make him believe they’re now friends.

Step two? Show him the time of his life at an epic graduation party.

Step three? Don’t fall for his tricks.

Step four? Absolutely, positively, do not kiss him again.

So what if he’s cute? (Okay, hot.) So what if he’s charming? (Heaven help her, tempting.) So what if he apologizes? (That has to be fake.) She knows the real Gordon. And no matter how much her heart begs her to stop, there’s no turning back.


Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains one epic party, complete with every high-schoolers-gone-bad shenanigan, and two rivals who discover maybe they could be something much more…if only they’d stop fighting long enough to notice it

My Thoughts:



I received an ARC through Netgalley

I gave this book 2 stars. Not my favorite book, it actually annoyed me quite a bit. Also pretty cheesy at times. I didn't hate the book with a burning passion, but I'd rather never see this book again.

As I’ve said before, having likable main characters, or at least ones you respect, is very important in novels. As for this particular novel, I only liked Gordon. Zoey was immature, spoiled, and just plain annoying. Gordon did something to mildly embarrass her because he thought she did something awful to him and her solution was to destroy his entire future. Good job Zoey, you’re a fucking bitch.

I liked Gordon. Although he was a bit misguided in the beginning, he realized he had done something wrong and wanted to make it up to Zoey. Gordon is also a bit too forgiving in my opinion, but he’s noble and can’t hold a grudge.

I was pretty annoyed throughout the book because of Zoey, but I kept reading mostly because I wanted to see if she could somehow redeem herself. Spoiler alert, she didn’t. She did some nice things, but I don’t think she really grew as a character.She admits that she feels bad about everything she did because she loves him, but what if she hadn’t loved Gordon? Would she have felt okay with just ruining another person's life? 



Plot-wise it wasn’t my favorite. It mostly takes place at a high school party with all these characters that I don’t know too well. So if you do plan on reading this book I would suggest reading the first book in the series first. I didn’t feel anything for a lot of these characters because I didn’t know them too well.

Wingless (Guard Me, #1)

Wingless 
by Faith Nichola

Release Date: March 18th, 2017

Synopsis:



Seventeen-year-old June Mason is the bullied ugly duckling living in her school’s basement until kidnapped into his world of dreadlocks, wings, and lust. He, is the seven-foot-tall killer, ordered to guard her. Struck by his staggering beauty, his sapphire eyes and skin, black as ash, June desperately wants to return to her world to bear more practical torment, but as she learns more about his feelings for her, will she be able to return without him? 

Guard Me unfolds over multiple volumes approx.30,000 words each.

My Thoughts:



I received a copy for an honest review

I gave this book 3 stars. Not my favorite but has a lot of potential to be a lot better in future novels in the series.

Wingless was short but a bit difficult to get into. I felt our protagonist felt more like 13 or 14 than 17. I was actually confused there for a bit because I forgot she was 17 and was wondering how on earth it could possibly be an NA novel.

I did however like that it felt different. The style of the story felt very innocent considering it’s NA. It was a really quick read, wasn’t that long, therefore, I could get past a lot fo the problematic things quickly. 

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the protagonist, but I can see that changing as I continue on in the series. I would like to get to know more about her and see how she handles different situations. I really want to see some character development with her.

Considering this is a romance, I feel that it is still a bit unclear who the romantic interest is supposed to be. It’s most likely Akili, but I feel like our attention was brought to several different characters abruptly several times so I can’t be too sure about this.



Overall, I so want to see where this goes and what the author will do with this.

Heartborn

Heartborn
by Terry Maggert

Release Date: September 1st, 2016

Synopsis:


Her guardian angel was pushed.

Keiron was never meant to be anything other than a hero. Born high above in a place of war and deception, he is Heartborn, a being of purity and goodness in a place where violence and deceit are just around every corner.

His disappearance will spark a war he cannot see, for Keiron has pierced the light of days to save a girl he has never met, for reasons he cannot understand. Livvy Foster is seventeen, brave, and broken. With half a heart, she bears the scars of a lifetime of pain and little hope of survival.

Until Keiron arrives.

In the middle of a brewing war and Livvy’s failing heart, Keiron will risk everything for Livvy, because a Heartborn’s life can only end in one way: Sacrifice.



Fall with Livvy and Keiron as they seek the truth about her heart, and his power, and what it means to love someone who will give their very life to save you.

My Thoughts:


I received a copy through Netgalley

I was a bit frustrated with Heartborn. It read pretty well, I genuinely enjoyed the authors writing style, but I didn’t really enjoy the second half of the book. I thought everything was going in one direction and then it went into another. It didn’t help that I was reading several books while I was also reading this one so I kept taking breaks because it was engaging me as much as those others. In all honesty, this book was a lot like a filler book to me, much like a lot of other fantasies I’ve already read. I don’t think I would recommend for you to spend time reading this one unless you want a more basic fantasy to fill the time.


This Is Not A Love Letter

This is Not a Love Letter
by Kim Purcell

Release Date: January 30th, 2018

Synopsis:

One week. That's all Jessie said. A one-week break to get some perspective before graduation, before she and her boyfriend, Chris, would have to make all the big, scary decisions about their future--decisions they had been fighting about for weeks.

Then, Chris vanishes. The police think he's run away, but Jessie doesn't believe it. Chris is popular and good-looking, about to head off to college on a full-ride baseball scholarship. And he disappeared while going for a run along the river--the same place where some boys from the rival high school beat him up just three weeks ago. Chris is one of the only black kids in a depressed paper mill town, and Jessie is terrified of what might have happened.

As the police are spurred to reluctant action, Jessie speaks up about the harassment Chris kept quiet about and the danger he could be in. But there are people in Jessie's town who don't like the story she tells, who are infuriated by the idea that a boy like Chris would be a target of violence. They smear Chris’s character and Jessie begins receiving frightening threats.

Every Friday since they started dating, Chris has written Jessie a love letter. Now Jessie is writing Chris a letter of her own to tell him everything that’s happening while he’s gone. As Jessie searches for answers, she must face her fears, her guilt, and a past more complicated than she would like to admit

My Thoughts:

I received an ARC through Netgalley

I gave this book 4 stars. It was a rush and had it’s ups and downs. Very exhilarating. 

I felt a little disappointed with the ending of this book. I was so engaged for three fourths and then we got to the end and I was just sad. This is not a happy ending book and I didn’t feel like much was really resolved. It just goes on long enough to make us cry. 

This book definitely delivered with the mystery element. There were so many different angles to consider, each equally probable. I think the author did an amazing job of that. Finding out what really happened was a bit of a downer, but I don’t think the book was long enough to go with the other option.

I liked that there was talk about how damaging racism is. I’ve noticed that a lot of YA won’t touch the subject unless that’s the entire plot line. It’s a controversial topic but it must be talked about.

I obviously share a first name with the protagonist and to me that was important. I was constantly holding her up to very high standards. You see, I haven’t liked any of the protagonists named Jessie that I’ve read about in the past because I hold them to the highest standards. I need to be able to relate to them and generally like them. I assume that’s how it is with anyone who shares a name with a protagonist. I am happy to say she lived up to my standards. She is Jessie approved.

Overall, although I was unimpressed by the ending, I would definitely suggest giving this one a read.




Friday, 19 January 2018

Sorting Book Characters into Hogwarts Houses

I've written a lot of reviews where I will sort a character into a Hogwarts house to try and explain to everyone what that person is like. I then had the idea to maybe make a post where I sort four characters into a house and then I talk about why I would put them there. It seemed fun to me so I'm doing it. Maybe I'll do more if I feel the urge to.


Percy Jackson 




Hufflepuff




I know a lot of people would probably put Percy in Gryffindor because he is very brave and he has a lot of qualities that are very Gryffindor, but being sorted into a house also has to do with that person's values. I think Percy has very Hufflepuff like values, he cares so much about other people and he wouldn’t even do the bravery thing if it wasn’t for the ones he cares about. 

Rose Hathaway 




Gryffindor




Rose is very brave and she seems really into that. She’s basically the picture of Gryffindor in my mind. I don’t think I could imagine her being in any other house. 

Celeana Sardothian/Aelin Galathynius 




Slytherin




I’ve thought about this one long and hard, Celeana could really be in any of the houses, she loves reading and learning, she’s also insanely brave, but at the end of the day, I think she is so incredibly cunning and ambitious that I would just have to put her into Slytherin. 

Cather 




Ravenclaw





She’s a Ravenclaw. There is no doubt in my mind, this girl writes fan fiction. There is no possible way she wouldn’t be in Ravenclaw unless she pulled a Harry and really wanted to be in another house. She is so smart in her own way, her forte is writing and she does it with love.

Do you guys agree with my sorting, or would you sort them into different houses?

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Wolfsong Spoiler Free Review

Wolfsong (Green Creek, #1)
Wolfsong
by T. J. Klune




Synopsis:


Ox was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.

Ox was sixteen when he met the boy on the road, the boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.

Ox was seventeen when he found out the boy’s secret, and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega.

Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces.


It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them. 


My Thoughts:

I gave this book 5 stars. It was one of those books that I couldn’t put down, and then once I finished it I started it over right away.

I’ve only ever read gay romances written by women and I was actually really surprised to see how much a difference there would be when an actual man writes a gay romance.  It wasn’t even really the romance, but Ox. Ox was so different than any other character I’ve ever read about, maybe that’s because he was actually written by an actual man. At times this book read like a children’s novel, simple and to the point, but with a bit of a poetic spin. I don’t even really know how to describe it. The best possible way I could is that it’s a story written like a song or a song written like a story.

This book had all the emotions. There were times when it physically pained me how hard I was smiling and then there were times where it physically pained me at how sad it was. It brought me through the whole spectrum of emotions.

I loved how the title played an important part in the novel. They never actually used the word Wolfsong, but the entire story was laden with music and lyrical writing. Song was an important part of who Ox was. Now I could get into all kinds of hidden themes and meaning but I won’t because this isn’t English class and I doubt you guys would care. However, I will say that song has a lot to do with the story.

This was a pretty long book, but then, it took place over 10 years so it never dragged. I loved seeing how all the characters could change and how their lives are so completely different from the beginning and end. 

My only complaint is who the fuck names their child Oxnard? Actually who? I know it’s a city in California, but man it sounds so stupid. I honestly think his parents just naming him Ox would have been less stupid.

Overall, I loved this book. I loved the characters, I loved the romance, and I loved the plot. I would highly recommend this to those who love LGBT books and anyone who loves werewolf novels.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2017

Okay, okay, this is going to be my last post about 2017 I swear! I totally cheated and put some old favorites on this list. I am guilty but I don’t care because I love them and did read their books this year.

10. Evan



Evan is such a cutie. He’s a Wasian like me and he has an English accent! I’m a sucker for accents even if I can’t hear it because he’s in a book. 

9. Nikolai Karimov



I just want to give Nikolai a hug and while I’m there just never let go. 

8. Nero



Nero was a total contradiction. He is a member of the mafia and being that I have read a lot of romances about the mafia I noticed a general theme of men being dominant and always wanting to be dominant and never letting their significant others do things. Nero was a little like that, but he was also completely supportive of Una’s abilities. He was turned on by her ability to fucking fight and take care of herself and I need a man like this. 

7. Kiro



Kiro is savage and hot and I loved reading from his perspective. I usually prefer to read from the woman’s perspective in straight romances as I find I am completely perplexed by men, but there was something about Kiro that made me stand at attention every time the novel was in his perspective.

6. Kai Mori



Another Wasian! I just have a thing for Wasians, they are, in my personal opinion, some of the hottest people out there. There is also the fact that he does so much crazy shit and he isn’t afraid to do it. Also, he goes after what he wants and I love that about him.

5. Reed Royal



These Royals will ruin you. Yes, yes they will.

4. Ace



I kind of overlooked Ace in the first book of the series, he was just a side character no one really cared about. In the second book, he became a hell of a lot more important and I loved the shift in his character. 

3. Rhysand



So I didn’t put him and Feyre on my top 10 Ships of the year post, but I’m hoping I can make up for it by putting him on my book boyfriends list. 

2. Noah Shaw



I love Noah more than ever especially after reading the first book in the Shaw Confessions series. He’s as smarmy as ever and his love for Mara and so endearing. I love him.

1. Damon Salvatore




I finally read the final Vampire Diaries book (the original ones actually written by L. J. Smith) and so I can once again have Damon on my book boyfriends list. He’s been my fictional boyfriends for 7 years. He deserves to be number 1.

Who was your number one book boyfriend/girlfriend of 2017?

Monday, 15 January 2018

Pretty Dead Girls Spoiler Free Review

Pretty Dead Girls
Pretty Dead Girls 
by Monica Murphy

Release Date: January 2nd, 2017

Synopsis:


Beautiful. Perfect. Dead.

In the peaceful seaside town of Cape Bonita, wicked secrets and lies are hidden just beneath the surface. But all it takes is one tragedy for them to be exposed.

The most popular girls in school are turning up dead, and Penelope Malone is terrified she's next. All the victims so far have been linked to Penelope—and to a boy from her physics class. The one she's never really noticed before, with the rumored dark past and a brooding stare that cuts right through her.

There's something he isn't telling her. But there's something she's not telling him, either.


Everyone has secrets, and theirs might get them killed.

My Thoughts:


I received an ARC through Netgalley

I gave this book 4.5 stars. I’m not much of a mystery reader as I have terrible patience, but I loved this book.

I really enjoyed this book, a lot more than I thought I would. I mean, I guessed who the killer was about halfway through the book, but this didn’t diminish my enjoyment. What made me love it more was the fact that the author says she was inspired by Scream Queens, a show I love. 

I originally thought this book was going to go in the direction of Heathers, because, if you’ve ever seen Heathers and read the synopsis of this book, you know it’s not a hard conclusion to jump to. There’s also the fact that we saw some moments from the murders point of view, but it’s in first person along with our protagonist, so at first, you think they are the same person. At least I did as there was no indication of any shift in perspective, that is maybe the one thing I disliked about this book. You don’t know that the perspective has changed until someone dies.

I’ve read Monica Murphy’s books before, but only ever her romances. I have to say that her transition into Young Adult was well done. I may even like this book more than any of her other novels.

Cass had so much past and I loved hearing about it, I do wish we could have found out more about what happened with his parents, but I guess they never had time to fully breach the subject so I will forgive them. Cass was also very adorable. He had these moments where he would get so excited or smug or just have these bursts of charisma that I found engaging. 

I still can’t decide if I like Penelope. I don’t dislike her, but she definitely isn’t my favorite character. She had moments that I found unreliable as she is supposed to be this spoiled rich girl, but she still managed to be down to earth at the same time. It really depended on what was happening in her life.


I would highly suggest reading this if you love YA contemporary romances and maybe want to try reading more mysteries. It’s not a cozy read mystery, more like a thriller mystery, but it’s still a good one.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Tamsin Spoiler Free Review

Tamsin (Hart University, #3)
Tamsin
by Abigail Strom


Synopsis:


It’s junior year at Hart University, and theater major Tamsin Shay knows exactly what she’ll be doing: focusing on acting. She also knows what she won’t be doing: 

Guys. 

Daniel Bowman knows what he’ll be doing, too. Football, engineering classes, volunteer work with his church. One thing he won’t be doing: 

Girls. 

When they find themselves in a class together, the arguments begin. He’s conservative; she’s liberal. He’s traditional; she’s not. The only thing they share is their determination not to give into sexual attraction. 


What could possibly go wrong? 

My Thoughts:

I received this book through Netgalley


I gave this book 3.5 stars. It was gritty, down to earth and wasn’t a typical NA romance and I enjoyed it.

Tamsin was an incredibly quick read. Mostly because I read it while sitting in a doctors office without wifi for 3 hours. Despite the terrible circumstances, I did really like this book.

I think it did a good job of showing both sides of the story, but I did find it to be a bit biased. It seemed like the author set out to write it as this huge Liberal vs. Conservative love story, but I don’t think Daniel was that conservative. I was expecting more arguments and drama. There was a bit of both of those, but not quite as much as I would expect. I thought it would be more provoking and gritty with passion on both ends, but I felt like Daniel just wasn’t as conservative as Tamsin was Liberal. Maybe I’m reading to much into this as it is a NA romance, but I kind of wanted more.

Daniel was such a sweetheart honestly. He was willing to look at things in a different way and never slutshamed Tamsin like a lot of men fictional and real would have done. Daniel was conservative but not a shitty person and I liked how the author made that known. 

Tamsin was a great lead character. She wasn’t ashamed of her past. She decided that wasn’t who she wanted to be anymore and made those changes in her lifestyle, but she never once regretted those things she did in the past because it made her who she is and she was proud of that. Tamsin is the type of character we all need to be.


Saturday, 13 January 2018

A Penny Lost Spoiler Free Review

A Penny Lost (Penelope Grace Book 1)
A Penny Lost
Aspen Bassett

Synopsis:


Penelope Grace, usually forgotten under the shadow of her twin sister's perfection, tries her hardest to hide her freakish ability to see into anyone's soul. 


Until she senses an unusual energy like a human shaped void in the universe. When Penny investigates the source, she gets tossed through a crack in time along with the cute boy next door. The Void follows them through history, increasing the dangers as if testing Penny. But what is it testing for? And why does it claim to know her better than even she knows herself? Even as Penny searches for answers, she must fight to survive the tragedies of both the past and future in order to get back home. 

My Thoughts:


I gave this book 4.25 stars. My first ever .25 starred book. I couldn’t give it a 4 and I didn’t think it was quite a 4.5 so 4.25 seemed the most logical to me. 

A Penny Lost was a bit I didn’t expect to love, but did. I’ve had a copy for a while and just never got around to actually reading it until now, and reading this left me wondering why I waited so long in the first place. 

It really took me no time at all to fall in love with the characters and the plot. Penny was a flawed but relatable protagonist and I loved that about her. She was very human and I felt her emotions along with her. There was part near the end where she was upset about something (which I can’t disclose because spoilers) and I could actually feel myself on the verge of tears. I didn’t cry, but I almost did.

I know what you’re expecting. I’ve been pretty vocal about how I don’t think time travel novels would ever be possible because of many different factors, but I feel like everyone is getting tired of hearing it and I’m getting tired of saying it so I’m just gonna say that I liked it. It added so much needed drama and adventure.

There are many questions I had after finishing up this book that I hope will be answered in the sequel. The most prominent question being: What is Stranger’s name? I would really like to know.


Overall, if you are into young adult and time travel books then this is definitely the book for you. I would highly recommend giving this a read, it’s so easy to fly through.