Posted in Young Adult

My Lady Jane Review

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Published: June 7th 2016 by HarperTeen

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England.

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

I received this in my June Lit-Cube subscription box, and I finally had a chance to read it. It took me a little while to get into the story, but once I did it went by very quickly. I loved how the authors tell you from the get go that this historical retelling is somewhat based upon the truth but not really.

“She took a deep breath. “They need signs of my strength, not my reliance on the men around me.”

This story is told in three different points of view, with each of the author writing as a character. While some books who do different povs goes into catastrophe, this works very well for the story. It was great being inside the minds of Jane, Gifford, and Edward! They all grew so much as characters and it made the story that much more enjoyable. By the end I wish I was an Edian!

“No horse jokes,” he said.
“My lord, I apologize for the horse joke. If you put down the book—unharmed!—I will give you a carrot.”
He brandished the book at her. “Was that a horse joke?”
“Neigh.”
“Was that a horse joke?”

This was a very funny, somewhat action packed, well driven plot based novel. I was a little bit surprised considering this was a “historical” fiction packed with humor. So if you need something quick and light, but hilarious then definitely check this book out!

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

 

Posted in Subscription Box, Young Adult

August Uppercase Review

It’s that time of the month again! A new box from Uppercase by Lisa Parkin!

IMG_0024.JPGEvery month you receive:

  • a brand new hardcover book, the book is either signed or you receive a signed bookplate,
  • 1-2 high quality bookish items,
  • Uppercase reading experience with exclusive content,
  • and a special note!

 

 

You can choose from two different plans:

Expert plan: comes with everything above for only $23/month plus $6 shipping and handling;

Book exclusive plan: comes with everything above except the 1-2 bookish items for only $17/month plus s/h.

You can check out my other Uppercase reviews here, and my other book subscription reviews here!

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I love that Lisa writes her subscribers a note every month! It just makes the subscription seem more personable. The bookmark included is part of a reading experience where the subscriber can participate with Uppercase. Each code unlocks questions, polls and videos that correspond to that particular moment in the book. I really enjoy this Uppercase feature!

The book this month is P.S. I Like You by Kasie West and it came signed! The retail price for this book is $17.99, but you can find it on Amazon for $10.58.

Goodreads Summary:

Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

I haven’t read in any contemporaries in a while, so this will be a nice change of genre! The premise sounds intriguing, and I can’t wait to solve the mystery of the identity of Lily’s pen pal with her!

Update (August 26, 2016): I finished P.S. I like you and I loved it! Check out my full review here!

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This quote print was included in the box. It’s cute, but came a little crinkled around the edges.

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Bookish Thoughts Notepad designed by Simini Blocker. This is one of two Uppercase exclusive items this month. Since it is a custom designed item, I don’t know what the value of this would be.

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“Once Upon a Time” necklace is the second Uppercase exclusive item. This was my favorite item out of the box this month.

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Overall, I really liked all of the items this month. I’ll definitely use the notepad and wear the necklace! The print will look great in a frame on my bookcase!

Have you read P.S. I Like You? What did you think of it!

Posted in Young Adult

The Neverland Wars Review

img_0999The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse

Published: May 9th 2016 by

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That’s what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home.

However, Gwen doesn’t know this. She’s just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn’t know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she’ll discover she’s in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality.

She’ll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won’t be the only one. Peter Pan’s constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she’s going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she’s going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance.

This book came in my July Lit-Cube subscription, and I thought it was going to be very good based upon the summary.  I like fairy-tale reimaginings, and I haven’t read one based upon Peter Pan yet this year, so I was excited to pick up this book. Boy, was I wrong.

Gwen is our main protagonist, who is supposedly 16 years-old. She might be 16 on paper, but she acted as if she was 12 or younger! This in itself bothered me a lot while reading the story. So after a lot of pages dedicated to letting us know that she likes Jay Hoek, and that while she doesn’t get the glamour of being an adult, as soon as he invites her to his party she is all about the teenage life. Before that, Gwen thought it wasn’t worth it and hated basically everything. She even described hormones to her little sister as “tiny bugs that start changing how you feel about everything and infect you with grownupness.”

To make everything worse, when Gwen came home and found a police car outside her house, her first instinct would be “oh this should be interesting!” Not, “oh I hope nothing serious happened to my family!” Her “curiosity” led her into the house to find out why the cops where there, and then her “curiosity” helped her get over her tears to ask her dad questions. All the while clutching her stuffed tiger to herself, but not close enough to her heart because there are boobs in the way now.

By the time her dad explained that only certain adults know about magic, and that it was to only be used in a certain way. I about lost it. “We’re more than $18 trillion in debt. Don’t you think it’s a little odd that a country so beyond bankruptcy continues to function and prosper?” I was like aljfsdaif?!

So needless to say, I could not finish this book after a few pages with the explanation that magic is the answer to the economy problem. I wanted to like it, I really did, but alas I just could not.

 “There’s only one offender who fits this modus operandi.”

 

Posted in Young Adult

Waiting for Wednesday #2

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


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Author: Rachel Vincent

Expected Publication: August 16th 2016 by Delacorte Press/ MIRA Ink

Goodreads Summary:

ONE SPARK WILL RISE. Nina Kane was born to be an exorcist. And since uncovering the horrifying truth—that the war against demons is far from over—seventeen-year-old Nina and her pregnant younger sister, Mellie, have been on the run, incinerating the remains of the demon horde as they go.

In the badlands, Nina, Mellie, and Finn, the fugitive and rogue exorcist who saved her life, find allies in a group of freedom fighters. They also face a new threat: Pandemonia, a city full of demons. But this fresh new hell is the least of Nina’s worries. The well of souls ran dry more than a century ago, drained by the demons secretly living among humans, and without a donor soul, Mellie’s child will die within hours of its birth.

Nina isn’t about to let that happen . . . even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

I barely remember the first book, but I do remember liking it. I will definitely have to reread The Stars Never Rise before picking up this book! I’ll have to hurry though, especially since this book was released yesterday!

Have you read the first book? Are you ready for the second one?

 

 

 

Posted in Young Adult

Pokemon Indigo League Read-A-Thon

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Hey everyone! I saw this fun post on Ellie @ Capitol Books blog, and decided that I would do it as well! So, I’m going to be taking part in the Pokémon Indigo League read-a-thon! This read-a-thon was created by Aentee @ readatmidnight,  who is also the creator of the Pokémon Go book tag. In this read-a-thon, there are 8 challenges which are based on the 8 gyms Indigo League. There is also a little competition of sorts that is optional, but I’m not going to take part in that aspect.

Without further a do, here are the challenges and the books that I’m going to read. I may or may not read these books in this order, but I might surprise myself and try to do it anyway!


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I have heard mixed reviews on this book, so I can’t wait to check it out myself. I watched the movie when it first came out with my sister, and I really want to see how close to the book they stayed and where they deviated.

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This was a hard one to pick. I don’t really know which book will make me cry until it does. So I picked this one, I saw the movie and it made me cry, so I am pretty sure the book will make me cry as well.

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I have heard a lot of people say really great things about this book. I received it in one of my book subscriptions, so I hope that it lives up to its hype!

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There are so many characters that make up the team, and they are mostly from different countries. So, I don’t think you can get more diverse than that! There also may or may not be a relationship between two of my favorite male characters on the team. I hope in this book that they actually get together!

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I don’t know if this will have an epic romance, but there are two guys fighting for Ten, so she has to fall in love with one of them. Or, maybe she won’t? Plot twist.

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This is the second book in the series (and the last I believe). I really loved the first book, and I can’t wait to finally be able to read the second one. It’s been on my shelf for awhile, and hopefully soon I will have time to read it!

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I have the first one on here to read first, so naturally I will be reading the second one in the series.


So, that is my TBR for the for the Pokémon Indigo Read-A-Thon. Are any of you joining in? If you are, comment the link to your post so I can check your post out! Thanks for reading this post! I hope you all have a wonderful day!

 

Posted in Young Adult

Goodreads Monday #2 (8/15/16)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!

This week I have chosen:

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Goodreads Summary:

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

This has been on my TBR shelf since it was published back in February! Hopefully, I’ll be able to read this before school starts!

Have you read this book yet? What did you think of it?

Posted in Young Adult

An Ember in the Ashes Review

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahiranemberintheashes

Published: February 9th 2016 by Razorbill (originally published April 28th 2015)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

“You are an ember in the ashes, Elias Veturius. You will spark and burn, ravage and destroy. You cannot change it. You cannot stop it.”

I devoured this book in only one day, I just couldn’t put it down! I loved the setting, plot, characters, and just about everything in this book. There was so much action and twists that you never knew who you could trust or who was telling you the truth. This story was told in two points of view; Laia a Scholar who is viewed less than human, and Elias who is a mask for the Empire who conquered the Scholars. It was great going through the story by two completely different people, who didn’t really interact with each other much until nearly the end.

“I don’t need to believe in the supernatural, not when there’s worse that roams the night.”

At first, I did not really like Laia. I thought she was horrible for cracking under the pressure and telling the mask what he wanted. She already had a healthy dose of fear for the assassins of the Empire, so she should have realized that the mask would have never let her grandparents live. But, as it turns out this is a really big defining moment in Laia’s life, and she uses it to find her courage and to grow as a character. I believe her defining moment, where she truly became herself was when she decided to stop letting people decide what she needed to and do it for herself. For majority of the novel, Laia’s inner voice was that of her brother telling her to be brave and to do it for him or he will die in prison. That all changed when she realized the people who said would help her wasn’t really going to help her, and only said that to appease her and members of the group. After that, you really see a whole new side of Laia that I wished was there a lot sooner, but I understand she had to go through some hardships to get there. I can’t wait to see her new self confident self in the next installment!

“Once, I’d have wanted that. I’d have wanted someone to tell me what to do, to fix everything. Once, I’d have wanted to be saved.”

Elias, on the other hand, was a character I immediately fell in love with! Of course, he was the only soldier out of 3,000 that thought what they were doing was wrong. He and three other students are chosen for the trials to become the next emperor of the empire. At each and every trial, he is constantly questioning his morals and beliefs and how this was going to enable him to be free from everything. If it wasn’t for Helene and Laia, Elias might not have made it as far as he did.

“The field of battle is my temple. The swordpoint is my priest. The dance of death is my prayer. The killing blow is my release.”

Okay, so that is my opinion on the two main characters. Now lets talk about the love square, because a love triangle is just not enough. On one side we have Helene and Elias, on the other we have Keenan and Laia, and in between we have Elias and Laia. I guess it’s more of a line and the two center go back and forth between their love interests.

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I don’t think I can pick a couple I like more. I liked all the scenes between Keenan and Laia, Laia and Elias, and Elias and Helene. I wish the author wrote more flaws for Keenan and Helene so that I can at least like Laia and Elias a little bit more!

“You will be chained to the darkness within yourself as surely as if chained to the walls of a prison cell.”

If you like a book with violence, then this is definitely the book for you. Basically from the get go there is some type of violence, you can’t go a few chapters without some form of it. You have the violence between all the soldiers and their training. You have the violence from the trials. You have the violence against the Scholars, and since most of them are enslaved you see first hand how they are treated. Everything that Laia is put through because she is the Commandments slave is just awful. I do not think I could put up with what Laia did to help her brother when everyone else thought she was going to fail in the first place.

“All evil here. Monsters. Little monsters and then big ones.”

Just like any dominating kingdom, you have the empire and the resistance group. You think that you would know exactly who to trust and not, but that isn’t precisely the case in this novel. Without trying to give too much away, let’s just say that there are groups within groups and everyone has different agendas. The way Tahir unfolds everything at the end is just great, especially since everything is so complex!

“Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after. Such moments are tests of courage, of strength.”

If you haven’t picked up this book yet, you should go to the bookstore tomorrow and grab it! I don’t say that often about a book, but this is one I think almost everyone who loves fantasy should read!

 

 

Posted in Young Adult

The MakeUp Book Tag

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First of all, I would like to thank Sam @ RiverMooseReads for creating this tag. Her blog is awesome so please go check it out! Second, I would like to thank Ash @ OnceUponABookshelf for tagging me!

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Pick a book that left a lasting impression on you

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This is a close tie with Six of Crows and Girl Against the Universe. Both of these books left lasting impressions in their own way. They almost had me in a book slump because I didn’t want to pick up another book that might not live up to the greatness I just finished.

 

Foundation
Favorite first book in a series

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Alice in Zombieland was the first book I read by Gena Showalter and she quickly became one of my favorite authors. I got sucked into this first book, and then quickly devoured the rest of the series.

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Pick some characters you wish didn’t exist.

 

The two main characters in these books just really annoyed me. I could have lived my life perfectly fine without them. I didn’t know that a main character could have/be as many cliches as these two. 

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Pick your favorite last book in a series.

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I do have some issues with the last book of the Lunar Chronicles, but I also absolutely loved Winter. This was just a great book to finish a fantastic series.

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Pick a book you think everyone should read

 

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I would probably say The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. It has almost a little bit of everything for everyone.

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Pick a book with your favorite colors on the cover

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I haven’t read this book yet, but I love the cover!

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Pick a dark and mysterious book

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This is a fairy tale retelling that you didn’t see coming. Cinderella isn’t the nice and innocent girl from the Disney movie, instead she has a bit of a mean streak.

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Pick a long book

 

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This is most likely the longest book on my shelves, but that isn’t surprising considering it is Harry Potter. I love this entire series, and if you haven’t read it yet, you definitely should! 😉

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Pick a book with a cringe worthy romance

 

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Hmm . . . I would have to say that this was the most recent cringe worthy romance. You have your insta-love, and the “I’ll do whatever you say because I love you” mentality from the main character. Yikes.

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Pick a book that brightens your day

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Dessen is probably one of my favorite contemporary authors. When I am in between series, I love just picking up one of her books and getting lost in her universe. Each book is set in the same town, so it is great rereading a book and seeing how they all fit in with each other.

 

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Your favorite book kiss

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I can’t really think of which characters shared a book kiss that is my favorite. But, I really enjoyed the little romance that was in this book. The ending though is what makes it all that much better!

 

I tag:

Anyone who wants to do this quick fun book tag!