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Secondborn | Review

Secondborn | Review

If you’re not familiar with Amy A. Bartol, you need to be! I loved both her Premonition and Kricket Series. I was pleasantly surprised when I came across Secondborn as a Kindle First book for July, as I didn’t know Bartol had a book coming out this year! So of course I snatched it up and began reading.

Secondborn follows the story of Roselle, the second born child in a prominent family. Her older brother, Gabriel, is destined to lead the family, while Roselle will go on to be in the military, as the second children in every family go into servitude on their 18th birthday.

 

I immediately fell in love with Roselle and found her very likable and relatable. The world building was fantastic, as was all the cast of characters. I was really intrigued by Agent Crow, and I do feel like there is more to that story, so we’ll see!

My dislikes for Secondborn stems from the fact that so far, it does have a lot of similarities to the Kricket Series. And the pacing was off at times, with stops and starts to the otherwise great plot.

Rating: 4 stars

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Book Review

Heartless | Review

Heartless | Review

Oh. em. gee.

This. book.

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So it’s about The Queen of Hearts, so there is some obviousness with how Catherine ends up, but the road is very unclear as to how Cath becomes The Queen of Hearts that we all know. And yes, the book ends sad because what else would you expect for The Queen of Hearts, but man oh man, this book was a page turner. I couldn’t put it down! Literally, I carried it around with me to sneak in reading.

Heartless is the story of Catherine, who marchioness mother is aiming for her to be Queen, but Cath has other ideas. She dreams of opening up a bakery with her maid, who is also her closest friend. Cath goes to a royal ball where (at first, unbeknownst to her) the King will propose to Cath, but instead Cath meets the new, handsome, royal Joker and all of Cath’s plans (and her mothers) start to fly out the window. Lots of interests are at play in the unfolding of destiny in this novel.

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As usual with Meyer, the imagery and descriptions are perfect and draw you into the world. The pacing of the plot wasn’t perfect throughout, but overall great and kept me turning the pages and wanting to know what was going to happen.

If you liked Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles, then you’ll definitely like this. It still has Meyer’s style of writing, but it is a bit darker, sadder and grittier. Cath is one tough cookie and is determined to make her life turn out the way she dreams. Jest is instantly likeable, in that mysterious, roguish way, as are all the other Alice in Wonderland characters that you’re introduced to. My personal favorite is Cheshire, who I’ve always felt is a fairly accurate deception of a real life cat – gonna do what he wants, when he wants, and couldn’t care less about you. 😉

My favorite line: Sometimes your heart is the only thing worth listening to.”

My favorite visual: The Cheshire cat.

Rating: 4 stars

Links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

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Book Review

How To Hang A Witch | Review

How To Hang A Witch | Review

How To Hang A Witch is the story of Samantha, aka Sam. Her Dad unexpectedly fell into a coma and the doctors don’t know why, so Sam and her stepmom pack up their New York apartment and move to the historic home in Salem, Massachusetts that was the childhood home of Sam’s Dad. Traumatic enough, right? But once Sam starts school she realizes her last name has weight in this town, and not the good kind. Rumors are started, rocks are thrown and sudden deaths start, well, suddenly happening. And all fingers point to Sam as the cause. Now throw in a dreamy next door neighbor, a ghost and a curse that Sam has to figure out before other people die.

And you thought your high school years were hard, amiright?

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So this book. I looked forward to it for months. It sounded like something right up my alley. I even bought a copy (I usually get my books from my local library). So you can imagine my disappointment when about a third of my way into the book I started to get bored.

Really bored.

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So I trudged along. It wasn’t bad enough to stop reading. The writing was okay (if a little forced) and I knew the plot could end up going somewhere good. I wasn’t really connecting to any of the characters and *reality check here* as someone who had a parent in the hospital when I was a teenager, Sam’s actions surrounding her dad being in the hospital are totally off base IMO. She seems to forget about him unless it’s otherwise convenient. But you know, who can remember that their only living parent is in the hospital when there is a hot boy at school who is actually nice to you and lives across the street? *rant over* Basically, there were parts that felt completely unrealistic to me.

Overall the story was okay. The last bit of the book picked up but there really wasn’t any suspense building up for it and in hindsight I feel like there should have been more shock (on my end) at the big plot twist, but I just didn’t feel much about it. I expected a book that kept me riveted the entire time (a la This Savage Song) and instead I got boring soup. Sorry, just calling it like it is.

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try this book! You may love it. Just because it wasn’t my cup of tea doesn’t mean you won’t like it. In fact, the first person to contact me (via the top of the page) and tell me they want to read this book, I’ll send you my copy of the book so you won’t have to wait for your local library to get a copy or go buy one yourself. Why? Because I want this book to end up with someone who loves it, and not just collecting dust on my shelf.

My favorite line:  “The air’s crisp with the smell of autumn, and the first few leaves have started to change color. The streets have that family-friendly feel. Store windows already have pumpkins and witches’ hats in them.”

My favorite visual: The Descendants and their black clothing.

Rating: 2 stars

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Book Review

The Unexpected Everything | Review

The Unexpected Everything | Review

The Unexpected Everything is the story of Andie, the teenage daughter of a congressman who is caught up in a scandal that majorly alters Andie’s summer plans. And I means P-L-A-N-S, because Andie plans and preps everything beforehand, leaving absolutely nothing to change. Part of me was horrified about how type-A plan-a-riffic Andie was, but part of me swooned. This gal had escaped routes planned for parties. Someone’s after my Virgo planning heart, y’all.

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So Andie’s plans change and she now finds herself working as a dog walker for the summer. Never mind the fact that she doesn’t own a dog. Or has ever walked a dog. You know, details.

But this dog walking gig is how she meets Clark, who is super dream worthy in all the nerdy right ways. And because Andie is taking risks and getting out of her comfort zone, she’s finding out more about herself and maybe, actually, falling in love. But you gotta read it to know what happens!

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Overall I loved this story. The beginning took me a while to get into, but I think a lot of that was due to the fact that I tend to read 99.9% fantasy so this was a total off course adventure of my own. I decided to take a chance and it paid off! Also, for me the way Matson writes includes a lot of dialogue that doesn’t necessarily move the story along, it’s more of a fly on the wall type of dialogue and I found some of those parts to be a little boring. But I connected to all the characters and felt like they were well developed and realistic. Even Andie’s father, who at first seems as distant and unreachable as the-planet-once-known-as-Pluto, grows on you as a reader as you start to glimpse a little of the person behind the mask.

The size of the book was daunting at first, but once I got into I realized part of the reason why it’s so large is because of the texting in the book, which takes up a fair amount of space. It is a large book, though, no doubt about that, coming in at just over 500 pages. But it’s an easy, quick read. It’s fairly lighthearted, with some dramatic moments sprinkled in and the perfect book to take with you for a weekend beach trip.

My favorite line:  This part right here:

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My favorite visual: The emojis.

Rating: 4 stars

 

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Book Review

My Lady Jane | Review

My Lady Jane | Review

I’m not sure where to begin to illustrate my happiness with My Lady Jane. First the book itself is gorgeous, with gold foil on the cover, deckled edges and a ferret (!!!) on the book cover spine.

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I had a strong feeling that I’d like My Lady Jane, because I love historical fiction, especially the Tudor era (I suppose I can thank Phillipa Gregory for that). So taking historical fiction and adding a fantasy element and a happy ending? All for it!

My Lady Jane tells the story of Lady Jane Grey, who was queen of England for all of nine days because of the typical manipulations of monarchy.

The interesting part of this book is how not only how it’s written by three authors (which you wouldn’t guess by the prose, btw), but also how the book changes between three points of view, Jane (previously mentioned), Edward (the King) and Gifford (call him G). Those two factors along may worry you into thinking this isn’t a book you want to risk. But believe it, it is. You cannot tell that three authors were involved in the creation of this masterpiece, and the POVs blend seamlessly from one chapter to another. Usually, I hate books with multiple POVs but honestly, I didn’t even noticed it in this book until after the face when I started writing the review, it’s that good.

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There are two kinds of people in this world, Ethians and Verities. Ethians can shape-shift into animals and Verities are not. Edward is a teenager, a Ethian supporter, and also the king of England. He also happens to be dying. Next in line to the crown is his sister Mary, who is strongly opposed to Ethians and thinks they should be rounded up and burned at the stake. To prevent his sister from destroying the fragile Ethian/Verity peace, King Edward names his cousin and best friend, Jane Grey, as his heir and tells Jane that she is to marry Gifford Dudley, and that the crown will go to the children of Jane and Gifford.

Sounds simple enough. But Jane isn’t to happy about being forced to marry G, who lives among a swirl of rumors that he is well, a lady’s man. She doesn’t think all that highly of him, and would much rather just curl up and read some more books (because Jane is a total book nerd). But they get married anyway and Jane discovers G’s secret.

Overall, the book is hilarious and a super fun, light read. I recommend this to anyone, but especially those that love history and fantasy. I really loved Jane (fellow book nerd and all) and absolutely loved the re-writing of history involved here (sorry, England).

My favorite line:  The dedication:

“Dedication

For everyone who knows there was enough room for Leonardo DiCaprio on that door.

And for England. We’re really sorry for what we’re about to do to your history.”

My favorite visual: I don’t want to spoil too much, but a certain person as a ferret.

Rating: 5 stars

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Book Box Subscription

LitJoy Crate | May 2016

LitJoy Crate | May 2016 Review

LitJoy Crate is a brand new monthly book box subscription that is so unique! It offers three options for your box: a board book, a picture book or a young adult book. Of course, I went with the young adult book choice. But don’t get me wrong, I was tempted to get the picture book box. 😉

My crate just arrive and honestly, it’s the best book box I’ve seen! It contained:

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-The recently released Rebel of the Sands by Alywn Hamilton. This book is so amazing! I read it when it came out in March and fell in love. Because this is the first LitJoy Crate, the book included was a previous release, but going forward the books will be book that are released the same month the crate ships out.

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-A beautiful compass pocketwatch that ties in perfectly with Rebel of the Sands.

-A scarf! It was the scarf that did me in. Most book boxes have an overall theme, but this one is completely centered around one book, which I though was super original and absolutely loved. Rebel garb for the win!

-Sand colored lip gloss.

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-A stunning Rebel of the Sands inspired notepad from Chick Lit Designs. I almost don’t want to use this notepad, it’s so gorgeous!

I’m so addicted to subscription book boxes! Do you get any? Which one is your favorite? You can learn more about the LitJoy Crate here!

Book Review

Wink Poppy Midnight | Review

 

Review: Wink Poppy Midnight

I read the first few chapters (I can’t remember exactly how many) of this book last Fall for some promo, and I was instantly hooked and immediately pre-ordered the book. April Genevieve Tucholk’s writing is so lyrical and mesmerizing. You start reading, thinking you know where the story is going but then something comes along to completely change your view.

There are three main characters of the story: Wink, Poppy and Midnight. They all narrate throughout the book, giving you glimpses here and there that don’t start to fully form the picture until the very end. I love Wink and her sense of being a misfit and owning it. She loves books and fairytales and seems to let herself get caught up in them. Midnight moves in next to Wink and a friendship forms as Midnight is trying to escape his  somewhat codependent relationship with Poppy, the local it girl who on the surface is cruel and a bully.

This book isn’t long, coming in at just under 250 pages, but the writing has such a dreamy quality, that you still feel like you’re in this world with these characters long after you finish reading. This book is full of mystery and intrigue and it leaves you guessing until the very end. To me, this is the perfect book for a summer vacation.

My favorite line: “All the strangest things are true.”

My favorite visual: The strawberries really stuck with me.

My rating: 4 stars

 


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