Posted in Young Adult

Waiting on Wednesday (5/17/2017)

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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Title:  Once and for All

Author: Sarah Dessen

Expected Publication:  June 6th 2017

Publisher:  Viking Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Summary:

As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

Sarah Dessen is probably one of my guilty pleasures. Normally, I read a lot of fantasy and probably a little sci-fi, but sometimes I like to pick up a good fiction book. I have read probably about 90% of Dessen’s books and I loved every single one of them. I also like how she brings previous characters into the books through cameos. Sort of like Stan Lee in all the Marvel movies. Needless to say, I am super excited for this book to come out and I will most definitely be reading it as soon as it hits shelves next month!

What are you waiting for this week?

Posted in Young Adult

Goodreads Monday (5/15/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @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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Title: Thirteen Reasons Why

Author: Jay Asher

Published: October 18th 2007 by Razorbill

Goodreads Summary:

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

I finished the Netflix show a few weeks ago, and I really enjoyed it! I just happened to be going through my Goodreads to-read section and noticed that it was in there since 2015! After watching the show, I am definitely interested to see how similar the two are and what liberties the show took. I have a friend reading it now, so hopefully I can borrow it from him sometime soon!

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

Posted in Young Adult

Waiting on Wednesday (5/10/2017)

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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Title:  The Crown’s Fate (The Crown’s Game #2)

Author: Evelyn Skye

Expected Publication:  May 16th 2017

Publisher:  Balzer + Bray

Goodreads Summary:

Perfect for fans of Shadow and Bone and Red Queen, The Crown’s Fate is the thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Crown’s Game, an atmospheric historical fantasy set in Imperial Russia.

Russia is on the brink of great change. Pasha’s coronation approaches, and Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter, but the role she once coveted may be more difficult—and dangerous—than she ever expected.

Pasha is grappling with his own problems—his legitimacy is in doubt, the girl he loves loathes him, and he believes his best friend is dead. When a challenger to the throne emerges—and with the magic in Russia growing rapidly—Pasha must do whatever it takes to keep his position and protect his kingdom.

For Nikolai, the ending of the Crown’s Game stung deeply. Although he just managed to escape death, Nikolai remains alone, a shadow hidden in a not-quite-real world of his own creation. But when he’s given a second chance at life—tied to a dark price—Nikolai must decide just how far he’s willing to go to return to the world.

With revolution on the rise, dangerous new magic rearing up, and a tsardom up for the taking, Vika, Nikolai, and Pasha must fight—or face the destruction of not only their world but also themselves.

I read the first book in this series a few months ago, and remember not being very impressed with it. Until the end, when it left on a major cliffhanger, and now I am dying to know what happens next for Vika and Nikolai.

What are you waiting for this week?

Posted in Young Adult

Goodreads Monday (5/8/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @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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Title: A Thousand Nights (A Thousand Nights #1)

Author: E.K. Johnston

Published: October 6th 2015 by Disney Hyperion

Goodreads Summary:

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.

I met E.K. Johnston last October at the Texas Teen Book Festival in Austin, and I am a little upset with myself that I didn’t get this book then! My friend is a little obsessed with her (mainly because she wrote a book for the Star Wars universe, and it’s his favorite), but he has nothing but good things to say about Johnston as an author. He has actually read this book and I believe its sequel and enjoyed it a lot. Now I’ll have a little more time to read, and hopefully I’ll be able to get this one off of my TBR shelf!

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

Posted in Young Adult

April Monthly Wrap-Up

I can’t believe it is already 6 days into May, and I am just now doing my wrap-up for April! Where has the time gone? Oh, I know to school. This past month has been nothing but presentations and deadlines, and I am so glad that on Tuesday it will finally be all over (for this semester at least, one more to go). April has been a great and terrible month for me. I was able to read a few more books than in March, I kept up with my blog a little bit more, and we found out that we are having a baby girl in September! So even with all my deadlines and presentations, April was still a win for me =).

This past month I read:

  1. Vassa in the Night by  Sarah Porter 4 out of 5 stars
  2. Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer 3 out of 5 stars
  3. The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey 4 out of 5 stars
  4. Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller 2 out of 5 stars
  5. The Scarlet Thread by D.S. Murphy 3 out of 5 stars (review coming soon)

Even though I read 5 books this month, I am still 12 books behind on my Goodreads Challenge =(. Hopefully, this summer I will be able to catch up and get ahead before the baby comes.

Normally, I would give myself a TBR list, but maybe I’ll just make my goal to read 5 or more books. With finals over on Tuesday, hopefully this will be a realistic challenge!

How was your reading/blogging last month? Hopefully, yours was better than mine! =p With my new found freedom, what are some books I should look into?

Posted in Young Adult

Waiting on Wednesday

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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Title:  A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Expected Publication:  May 2nd 2017

Publisher:  Bloomsbury Childrens Books

Goodreads Summary:

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

I can’t believe that this book finally comes out next week!!!! I am so excited! I still need to read the second book in this series, but I think I’ll just wait until next week and then binge read the three books together!

What are you waiting for this week?

Posted in Young Adult

Goodreads Monday (4/24/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @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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Title: The Shadow Hour (The Girl at Midnight #2)

Author: Melissa Grey

Published: July 12th 2016 by Delacorte Press

Goodreads Summary:

A battle has been won. But the war has only just begun.

Everything in Echo’s life changed in a blinding flash when she learned the startling truth: she is the firebird, the creature of light that is said to bring peace.

The firebird has come into the world, but it has not come alone. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and Echo can feel a great and terrible darkness rising in the distance. Cosmic forces threaten to tear the world apart.

Echo has already lost her home, her family, and her boyfriend. Now, as the firebird, her path is filled with even greater dangers than the ones she’s already overcome.

She knows the Dragon Prince will not fall without a fight.

Echo must decide: can she wield the power of her true nature—or will it prove too strong for her, and burn what’s left of her world to the ground?

Welcome to the shadow hour.

This is probably the most recent addition to my Goodreads TBR pile. I just finished the first book last week, and I really enjoyed it a lot. I just posted my review two days ago, so definitely check it out if you are interested in this book.

The first book has strong similarities between The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor and The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Hopefully, this book will deviate and stand out on its own.

Whats on your TBR pile this week?

Posted in Arc, Young Adult

Mask of Shadows Book Review

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Millermaskofshadows

Expected Publication: September 5th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

This eArc was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Goodreads Summary:

Perfect for fantasy fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, the first book in this new duology features a compelling gender fluid main character, impressive worldbuilding, and fast-paced action.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

What drew me to this book on NetGalley was the summary saying that it was for fans of Maas and Bardugo. I just wish that this book was more its own, rather than a mix of series that we have already read and for the most part love. This book had a Throne of Glass meets Hunger Games feel to it, and for that I didn’t have must interest in it.

The only aspect of this book that I did enjoy was that Sal was a gender fluid character, or well I more like the idea of such character. There was never really an explanation of why Sal was gender neutral, and the author made it seem as if everyone accepted Sal in whatever gender he/she was dressed that day. This would have been all fine and dandy that everyone was very accepting during this time if it wasn’t for Sal getting teary eyed every time someone accepted him (I’ll just call Sal him to make things simple). But even though Sal is gender fluid, it wasn’t a big aspect of the plot and sometimes felt thrown in as filler.

In reality, we don’t really know who Sal is as a character and anyone else for that matter. As soon as the audition starts everyone is given a number and a mask. This made caring about anyone in the book particularly hard, and since it’s a competition we don’t really learn who they are to begin with.

The world building was very confusing in this. I felt as if we were just thrown in and expected to know everything already. It didn’t help that I felt like I was rereading another book set in a dystopian world where everyone has to fight for the death to become the victor, or in this case the queens new assassin.

Overall, this book was a disappointment for me, and I will definitely not be picking up the second one when it comes out. Giving this book 2 stars is being very generous, my rating would actually be closer to 1-1.5.

Posted in Young Adult

The Girl at Midnight Book Review

The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1) by Melissa Greythegirlatmidnight

Published: April 28th 2015 by Delacorte Press

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Magic lives in our darkest corners.

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, though if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants…and how to take it.

But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

I haven’t heard of this author before, and decided to buy this book on a whim from Book Outlet. I am so glad that I did! I really enjoyed this book, and although it is similar to Daughter of Smoke and Bone I felt like the book was original enough to stand out on its own.

…I like to be around all these books. They’re very good at making you forget your troubles. It’s like having a million friends, wrapped in paper and scrawled in ink

This started off with a 7 year old girl pick pocketing who she thought was a woman in the library late at night. The prologue was so well written that I was hooked after the first few pages. Who was this little girl? Why is she living in the library? Why was the woman that she tried to steal money from have feathers? So many questions, and I just had to read the rest of the book to find out the answers.

I loved the pacing of this book. There was plenty of action and they were spaced out very well. I also liked how the author put a really huge emphasis on friendship and didn’t really focus that much on the romantic aspect of Echo’s life. Yes, there was some very cheesy moments in the beginning with her boyfriend Rowan. When Caius showed up there was a brief moment that seemed as if there was going to be a love triangle, but thankfully the author didn’t put too much emphasis on it. I didn’t like how Echo thought oh well I screwed up so Rowan isn’t going to like me anymore, guess I’ll just like Caius instead. It wasn’t really that quick, but it felt like it a little bit.

The young always think they’re invincible, right until the moment they learn otherwise. Usually, the hard way

I knew going in that this was going to be a series, because lets face it no one does just standalones anymore it seems, so I was waiting for them to get almost to the firebird and we be left with a cliffhanger. Thankfully, this novel didn’t end on one! Yes, you know that there is still a war going on, but they found the firebird and lines have been drawn.

But think carefully on it. Names are not a thing to be rushed. There’s power in names.

The only aspect that I had a problem with in this novel, was the fact that no one really knew how the war between the Avicen and the Drakharin started. I felt like it could be flushed out a little bit more, or maybe the truth will come out in the second or third book. For this one, it just seemed like a scapegoat that each side just blamed the other for starting it.

I did enjoy that there were LGBT characters, and that they didn’t seem awkward or just randomly placed into the story. They were involved for most of the book, and they weren’t just thrown in to have a LGBT aspect. (These characters and the friendship between Dorian and Caius, is how I can see that this book reminds people of The Mortal Instruments). 

Overall, I enjoyed this book and how strong and independent the main character is. I can’t wait to get the second book to see how their stories continue.

Posted in Young Adult

Wires and Nerve Book Review

Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 by Marissa Meyerwiresandnerve

Published: January 31st 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

In her first graphic novel, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller Marissa Meyer follows Iko, the beloved android from the Lunar Chronicles, on a dangerous and romantic new adventure — with a little help from Cinder and the Lunar team.

In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.

The copy I read actually had the staff in Iko’s hand instead of the gun. I’m sure by now you probably heard of the controversy of the cover, but honestly I don’t think it makes much of a difference. I don’t think in the graphic novel Iko ever had a staff, but she was always using a tranquilizer gun so whether or not its on the cover doesn’t seem like a big deal to me. But I am also older than the intended audience, so I could also see the other side of the problem.

That’s not necessary. I’m doing what any good friend would do, out of loyalty and Lunar patriotism and–“
“I’ll buy you a new pair of shoes.”
“Sold.”

Before going into this book, I have already heard a few rumblings, but I wanted to give it a clean shot and without any expectations. Especially since I really love the actual series that this is based off of. This novel starts off a few months after the end of Winter, so if you haven’t read the series yet I wouldn’t start with this one.

I enjoyed the fact that this was based upon Iko and her adventures with and outside of the group. Although, if I had to deal with her this much in the first 4 books, I probably wouldn’t have liked her as much. (She can be a tad bit annoying) TLC itself was a bit more complex, where this one was light in the plot development. The tone was a lot different as well going for a more comical, I need to feel needed kind of way.

This book was centered around Cinder getting ready to abdicate the throne, and Iko rounding up the rogue wolf hybrids terrorizing Earth. So as you can see there wasn’t much of a plot, except near the end when a true “villain” appeared. The dialogue along with the graphics in this novel made it seem as if the target audience was for more of a middle school reader rather than for an older young adult reader like the previous books. To be honest, I was not a fan of the graphics and didn’t really look at them that much.

I misread the romantic tension, Didn’t I?

There was also a moment where there was “romantic tension” between Iko and another character, and it just felt really forced. Not everyone in the series needs to have a romantic partner, and I was hoping that Iko would just keep on having her fangirl crush on Emperor Kai like all the other girls. There wasn’t much else going on in the book, so I felt like the author was just trying to throw something “new” into the mix.

Overall, I felt very meh about this book. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t enjoy it all that much either. If you really love The Lunar Chronicles then maybe you’ll want to stay away and just keep your love alive by rereading the series. If you don’t really care one way or another, you can pick up this graphic novel and maybe you’ll enjoy it more than me! I would love to hear your inputs on this, as I know there is a big following for the author and there are plenty of mix reviews.