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2.16.2019

Review: Shadow And Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Shadow And Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Shadow And Bone (#1)
Publication Date: June 5th, 2012
Genre(s): Fantasy, Young Adult
Page Count: 416
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Synopsis:

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

My Review:

I don't think words can express how mad I am at myself for not starting this series sooner. I've had these books on my shelves for quite some time. Along with the Six Of Crows duo. I've spent a good chunk of money on Leigh's books and I haven't read any of them, until now. Oh boy. I'm in for it with her books.

Likes:

The Darkling. I don't just like him. I love him. I was really hoping the best for him throughout this book. I wanted him and Alina together so bad. I still do, honestly. He's such an interesting character. And he's honestly the reason why I love this book so much?

I loved the love triangle in this book. There wasn't too much of it, but it was there. I'm rooting for the one I know I shouldn't root for. I'm really hoping that there's more of this love triangle in the other two books. I neeeed it.

I love Alina. She's strong. She's beautiful and I think that's because she's not technically "beautiful". I love that Leigh didn't make Alina a beautiful big breasted woman who saves the day. People can actually see themselves in her. At the beginning, she's a weak girl who draws maps. At the end of the book, she's like one of the strongest Grisha there is. I love the growth. Just absolutely freaking love it.

I love Mal and Alina's friendship. I'm calling it a friendship because I do not ship them together romantically. He takes care of her and he always did. I think he could be good for her, I just need more books to change my mind about The Darkling.


Dislikes:

I honestly don't think there was anything that I didn't like about this book. I loved it!


Final Thoughts:

I can tell that this series is definitely going to be one of my top favorite series. I just really enjoyed everything about this book. I can't wait to devour Siege And Storm. I'm glad that book is a little bit bigger :)

5/5 Stars

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Have I Always Been A Reader?

I've decided that I'm going to start making discussion posts. I'm just going to post them randomly. Maybe once a week. I really want to try and be more active. And yes, I know I said I switch platforms again. I tried self hosting Wordpress and I still did not like it. I will be staying on Blogger and never switching again. This time, I can promise you.

Today's topic is one I'm sure you've seen a lot of people talk about. Have I always been a reader? The answer is simple. No. Not always.

That's not even in the sense that I didn't read when I was baby and whatnot. That's completely obvious. I don't even think my parents read to me when I was younger. I definitely have no recollection of that.

I started reading around the time Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was released in theaters. When I heard whispers about whether or not it would be like the book, I got curious. I asked almost everyone in my family to buy me the books. Harry Potter started my reading journey.

I know a lot of people say that, but it's true. Harry Potter is amazing and I will always cherish it for showing me that I can go anywhere just by opening a book.

Well, after I read Harry Potter, I wanted to pick up more books. I read things like Goosebumps and The Magic Tree House. I was getting quite the collection. When I was in fourth grade, our home burned down.

I lost all of my books.

My heart still breaks for the things me and my family lost in that fire. I'm just glad nobody was hurt. Almost everything was replaced. Except my books. I relied on my school library to read new books.

I'm going to skip forward for a little bit to when I moved in with my Grandma. Life at home was stressful and I was so stressed out at such a young age. Grandma was the best, she bought me every single book I wanted. She definitely urged me to read. Said it would make me smarter. Man, I love that woman.

I read and read and read. Until I was about sixteen-years-old. I started branching out a bit and making friends. Well, these new friends didn't give me much time to read. I stopped for the longest time. I didn't think it was "cool." I was sixteen back in 2010. I didn't start reading again, like really reading, until 2014. The year my son was born.

I've been reading nonstop since. I don't think I'll ever stop. Books are my safe place. They're everything to me.

Have you always been a reader?

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2.15.2019

Review: This Girl by Colleen Hoover

Title: This Girl
Author: Colleen Hoover
Series: Slammed (#3)
Publication Date: August 13th, 2013
Genre(s): Romance, New Adult
Page Count: 288
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Synopsis:

Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own from the time when they first met.

My Review

I'm honestly kind of angry with this book. I liked it, it was alright. But. BUT. Was this book really necessary? It's really just the first book all over again with some added extras. I think I would rather have read a novella about their honeymoon and them just enjoying being newlyweds.

Likes:
I really enjoyed all of the honeymoon scenes. I love that we finally get to see Lake and Will get to be together. I love that their relationship has grown into something wonderful. I'm not going to lie, those were the only parts that I liked in this book.

Dislikes:
I just really hated that there was a flashback to almost every situation that happened in the first book. Like I already stated, this book was pointless. I've already read this book.

Final Thoughts:
I really wish this book didn't happen. If the honeymoon scenes weren't as good as they were, this book would have gotten a lower rating than a three. I was constantly close to putting this book down and never picking it up again. I have never disliked a Colleen Hoover book before and I'm just really mad about this. I don't know, maybe I'm being too harsh? Eh, nope. This book was pointless.

 3/5 Stars

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Review: Point Of Retreat by Colleen Hoover

Title: Point Of Retreat
Author: Colleen Hoover
Series: Slammed (#2)
Publication Date: September 12th, 2012
Genre(s): Romance, New Adult
Page Count: 302
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Synopsis:

Layken and Will have managed to overcome the obstacles that threatened to destroy their love, proving that they are destined for one another. What they are about to learn, however, is that the things that have brought them together may be the very things that ruin their connection forever...

Layken is left second-guessing the relationship whilst Will is jumping over hurdles to prove his love for her. What the young lovers discover about themselves along this journey may change their entire world, and the lives of those who depend upon them the most...

My Review

I really enjoyed this book. I didn't know that I needed a book from Will's perspective until I read this. Although, I wish it alternated perspectives. I kinda wish that I got to see what was going through Layken's head throughout this book.

Likes:
I loved getting inside of Will's head. I loved getting see how much he loves Layken. It made me love Will even more. He's definitely my newest book boyfriend.

I loved the drama that was added in this book. I feel like it made everything a little bit more fun. He had to prove his love for Layken because of his past that decided she wanted to be a bitch and show up and opened her big mouth.

I felt like this book was more romantic. When it came to Will trying to prove to Layken his love, I was all for it. Layken could have been more understanding about stuff. But I mean, we can all be stubborn at time.

Dislikes:
I just really wish this book had Layken's perspective as well. That's about the only thing I didn't like.

Final Thoughts:
I'm going to be so sad when this series is over. I'm definitely going to fly through This Girl. I'm also definitely going to have the biggest book hangover. I'm not prepared.

5/5 Stars

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2.02.2019

Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Title: Slammed
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publication Date: January 4th, 2012
Genre(s): Romance, New Adult
Page Count: 317

Synopsis:

Layken's father died suddenly, leaving her to gather every ounce of strength to be a pillar for her family, in order to prevent their world from falling apart. Now her life is taking another unexpected turn...

Layken's mother gets a job which leads to an unwanted move across the country. However, a new home means new neighbours... and Layken's new neighbour is the very attractive Will Cooper.

Will has an intriguing passion for slam poetry, and a matching passion for life. The two feel an irresistible attraction but are rocked to the core when a shocking revelation brings their romance to a screeching halt. Layken and Will must find a way to fight the forces that threaten to tear them apart...or learn to live without each other.

My Review:

I wonder if there's anything Colleen Hoover will write that I won't like. I believe this is first book. I'm just now getting around to reading it. I can really devour her books though. I really wanted to finish this in one day, I think it was more like a day and a half worth of reading. 

Likes: 
What isn't there to like about a Colleen Hoover book?

I loved Layken. Someone who's gone through a lot and still manages to be awesome. Granted, I think at time she's still too immature for Will. Like when she's with Eddie. I mean, you're wanting to date someone older, you don't need to act like a high schooler. I still really loved her character.

Will. Will. Will. I think he's one of my favorite male characters that Colleen has written. I think it's because he's a teacher. And he's a young teacher. And he's a hot young teacher. Must I go on?

I love the teacher-student relationship trope. (No I do not condone this in real life!) I love that their relationship is censored. That's probably because this is an early book of hers and she was testing out the waters for her audience. I could have used more love scenes in this one Colleen! Or at least one love scene, dang it!

I love Will and Layken's relationship. Even though we don't get much of it. I can't wait to read more about them. I want them to get married and have their own children. I need this. 

Dislikes:
I feel cheated in a way. I feel like this book went too fast. Luckily, there's two more to follow it :)

Final Thoughts:
I'm already hungover from this book. I went to my app to pick another book to read and I was very offended that it didn't choose Point Of Retreat. I may have to wait a little bit until the next book because I'm being loyal to this darned app. 

5/5 Stars
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2.01.2019

January Reading Wrap Up:


I feel like this was a great start to the year. I read six books! I even enjoyed most of them! I'm really hoping my reading stays like this for the rest of the year. Heck, I hope I read more books a month. I'm really making reading a big priority for me in 2019.

What books did you read this month? 


★★★★★

The Wicked King by Holly Black: Oh my, this book was just UGH. I cannot believe I have to wait another year to see what happens. I need it now!!!!

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios: This book was hard-hitting. It's such an important book. There are a lot of trigger warnings for this book, please keep that in mind.

Girl Made Of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake: This is another book that's a hard-hitting book. I loved this book. It was my first book of the year and I'm glad I finally picked it up.

★★★★

Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle: This book was a shock. I was asked by the author to review this book. This book had the best drama that I didn't know I needed. It was like watching a TV drama unfold before my eyes!

★★★

A Conjuring Of Light by V.E. Schwab: This was actually a 2.5 star rating. I'm really glad this series is over. I don't think I'll be picking up more books by Schwab in the future. I'm so disappointed that I didn't like these books. I wanted to so bad.

Words In Deep Blue by Cath Crowley: I really wanted to love this book. It was so poetic at time. I just wish that it was written in letter format!

★★

No two star ratings this month!



No one star ratings this month!
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January Book Haul:


I splurged this month. I almost feel kind of bad about it. But I also wish I bought more. I think I may have a problem. Buying books brings me joy and so I'm going to keep on doing it. You can't make me change my mind.

There's so many great books coming out this year and I'm really looking forward to adding them to my shelves.

What books did you get this month?


Girl Made Of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake: "I need Owen to explain this. Because yes, I do know that Owen would never do that, but I also know Hannah would never lie about something like that."

Mara and Owen are about as close as twins can get. So when Mara's friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn't know what to think. Can the brother she loves really be guilty of such a violent crime? Torn between the family she loves and her own sense of right and wrong, Mara is feeling lost, and it doesn't help that things have been strained with her ex-girlfriend and best friend since childhood, Charlie.

As Mara, Hannah, and Charlie navigate this new terrain, Mara must face a trauma from her own past and decide where Charlie fits in her future. With sensitivity and openness, this timely novel confronts the difficult questions surrounding consent, victim blaming, and sexual assault.






That Night by Amy Giles: One night in March, a terrible tragedy shakes the Queens neighborhood where Jessica and Nolan and Lucas Rossi live.

The year since the shooting has played out differently for Jess and Lucas, both of whom were affected by that night in eerily similar, and deeply personal, ways. Lucas has taken up boxing and lives under the ever-watchful eye of his overprotective parents, while trying to put good into the world through random acts of kindness - to pay back a debt he feels he owes the universe for taking the wrong brother.

Jess struggles to take care of her depressed mother, with the help of her elderly next-door neighbor, and tries to make ends meet. Without her best friend, who's across the country at a special post-trauma boarding school, and her brother, who died that night, Jess feels totally alone in the world.

When Jess and Lucas's paths cross at their shared after-school job, they start to become friends... and then more.

Their community -and their families- were irrevocably changed by a senseless act of violence. But as Jess and Lucas fall in love, they'll learn to help each other heal and move foward -together.


Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia: Her heart has to break before it can open.

When star soccer player Peyton Rios receives an offer from her first-choice college, senior year starts off exactly as planned. But when Peyton uncovers her boyfriend's dark secret, she confronts him -and finds herself falling down a flight of stairs. Peyton's knee -and maybe her dream of going pro- is shattered. Everyone is talking: Was she pushed, or did she fall? Peyton knows the truth, even if no one believes her.

He has to let someone in before it's too late.

With her future on the line, Peyton goes to stay with her uncle in a small Tennessee town to focus on her recovery. Dating is the last thing on her mind - until she meets sweet, sexy Owen Law.

But Peyton doesn't trust her heart, especially when she senses that Owen is hiding something. When their secrets are finally exposed, Peyton has to decide if love is worth fighting for.


The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang: When Rin aced the Keju -the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies- it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn't believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin's guardians, who believed they'd finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard -the most elite military school in Nikan- was even more surprising.

But surprises aren't always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy things at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power -an aptitude for the nearly-mythical are of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive -and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For a while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away...

Rin's shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity... and that may already be too late.


The Wicked King by Holly Black: You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.


After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.





This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada: Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.

That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.

When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.

Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?


Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner: Every Friday night, best friends Delia and Josie become Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, hosts of the campy creature feature show Midnite Matinee on the local cable station TV Six.

But with the end of senior year quickly approaching, the girls face tough decisions about their futures. Josie has been dreading graduation, as she tries to decide whether to leave for a big university and chase her dream career in mainstream TV. And Lawson, one of the show's guest performers, a talented MMA fighter with weaknesses for pancakes, fantasy novels, and Josie, is making her tough decision even harder.

Scary movies are the last connection Delia has to her dad, who abandoned the family years ago. If Midnite Matinee becomes a hit, maybe he'll see it and want to be a part of her life again. And maybe Josie will stay with the show instead of leaving her behind, too.

As the tug-of-war between growing up and growing apart tests the bonds of their friendship, Josie and Delia start to realize that an uncertain future can be both monstrous...and momentous.


The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory: A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in a fun and flirty debut novel.

Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn't normally do. But there's something about Drew Nichols that's too hard to resist.

On the eve of his ex's wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend...

After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she's the mayor's chief of staff. Too bad they can't stop thinking about the other...

They're just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century--or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want...


How To Love by Katie Cotugno: Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember. But he's never noticed that Reena even exists...until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. Then Sawyer disappears without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.

After: Almost three years have passed, and there's a new love in Reena's life: her daughter. Reena's gotten used to life without Sawyer, but just as suddenly as he disappeared, he turns up again. Reena wants nothing to do with him, though she'd be lying if she said his being back wasn't stirring something in her.

After everything that's happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?








Loving You Easy by Roni Loren: Cora has an amazing sex life. She’s beautiful, daring, and the most popular submissive in Hayven. Too bad none of it’s real...

IT specialist Cora Benning has figured out the key to her formerly disastrous love life—make it virtual. In the online world of Hayven, she’s free of her geek girl image and can indulge her most private fantasies with a sexy, mysterious master without anyone in her life discovering her secrets. Until her information is hacked and she finds herself working to fix the breach under two very powerful men—one who seems all too familiar...

Best friends and business partners Ren Muroya and Hayes Fox were once revered dominants. Then Hayes was wrongfully sent to prison and everything changed. Ren wants to get back to who they were. Hayes can’t risk it. But when they discover the new IT specialist is their online fascination, and that she’s never felt a dominant’s touch, the temptation to turn virtual into reality becomes all too great…





Heart Of Thorns by Bree Barton: Inventive and heart-racing, this fiercely feminist teen fantasy trilogy from debut author Bree Barton examines a dark kingdom in which only women can possess magic—and every woman is suspected of having it.

Mia Rose wants only one thing: revenge against the Gwyrach—feared, reviled, and magical women—who killed her mother. After years training under her father’s infamous Hunters, Mia is ready. She will scour the four kingdoms, find her mother’s murderer, and enact the Hunters’ Creed: heart for a heart, life for a life.

But when Mia is thrust into the last role she ever wanted—promised wife to the future king—she plots a daring escape. On her wedding night, Mia discovers something she never imagined: She may be a Huntress, but she’s also a Gwyrach. As the truth comes to light, Mia must untangle the secrets of her own past. Now if she wants to survive, Mia must learn to trust her heart . . . even if it kills her.





Eden Conquered by Joelle Charbonneau: The Trials of Virtuous Succession have ended. Prince Andreus is king—and Princess Carys is dead.

But even as he’s haunted by what he did to win the throne, Andreus discovers that his dream of ruling only brings new problems. The people love his twin even more in death than they did when she was alive. The Elders treat him as a figurehead. And worst of all, the winds of Eden are faltering.

But despite what everyone believes, Carys is alive. Exiled to the wilderness, Carys struggles to control the powers that have broken free inside her. And as she grows stronger, so does her conviction that she must return to the Palace of Winds, face her twin and root out the treachery that began long before the first Trials started.

The Kingdom of Eden is growing darker with each passing day. Brother and sister, former foes, must decide whether some betrayals cut too deep to be forgiven—and whether one will wear the crown or both will lose everything.





The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli: In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be darkness—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death-bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up learning in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.



This Is Not A Love Letter by Kim Purcell: 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.

Thoughtful by S.C. Stephens: Every story has two sides, and in this new book, the epic love story between Kiera and Kellan is shown through his eyes.

All Kellan Kyle needs is his guitar, and some clean sheets of paper. Growing up in a house that was far from a home, he learned a hard lesson: You're worthless. Now his life is comfortably filled with passionate music, loyal band mates, and fast women... until he meets her.

Kiera makes him ache for more. Makes him feel for the first time that he's worth more. But there's one problem— she's his best friend's girl.

Just when Kellan thought his emotional defenses were rock solid, Kiera's indecisive heart wreaks havoc on his soul, changing him forever. Losing Kiera is not an option.







The Girl King by Mimi Yu: Two sisters become unwitting rivals in a war to claim the title of Emperor in this richly imagined, Asian-inspired fantasy for fans of Renée Ahdieh and Sabaa Tahir.

Sisters Lu and Min have always known their places as the princesses of the Empire of the First Flame: the eldest, assertive Lu, will be named her father's heir and become the dynasty's first female ruler, while timid Min will lead a quiet life in Lu's shadow. Then their father names their male cousin Set the heir instead, throwing both girls' lives into chaos.

Determined to reclaim her birthright, Lu is forced to flee, leaving Min to face the volatile court alone. Lu crosses paths with Nokhai, the lone, unlikely survivor of the decimated Ashina, nomadic wolf shapeshifters. Nok never learned to shift--and he has no trust for the Empire that killed his family--but working with the princess might be the key to unlocking his true power.

As Lu and Nok form a tenuous alliance, Min's own hidden power awakens--a forbidden, deadly magic that could secure Set's reign . . . or allow her to claim the throne herself. But there can only be one Emperor, and the sisters' greatest enemy could very well turn out to be each other.

Told in three distinct points-of-view, this first book in a sweeping fantasy series weaves a story of ambition, betrayal, and sacrifice.

Frostblood by Elly Blake: Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating - yet irresistible - Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her - and from the icy young man she has come to love.








Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle: Attempted murder, that's how sixteen-year-old Princess Charlotte's engagement starts. It seems like the only thing she has in common with Prince Young of Vires is their mutual discontent.

When her kingdom's attacked, Charlotte's parents renegotiate her hand in marriage to a handsome stranger with a sinister plan. With the people Charlotte loves dying around her, and her kingdom's future at stake, the only person she can turn to is the
prince she betrayed. But, should she save her kingdom or her heart?

One must fall.










The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco: In The Bone Witch, Tea mastered resurrection―now she's after revenge...

No one knows death like Tea. A bone witch who can resurrect the dead, she has the power to take life...and return it. And she is done with her self-imposed exile. Her heart is set on vengeance, and she now possesses all she needs to command the mighty daeva. With the help of these terrifying beasts, she can finally enact revenge
against the royals who wronged her―and took the life of her one true love.

But there are those who plot against her, those who would use Tea's dark power for their own nefarious ends. Because you can't kill someone who can never die...

War is brewing among the kingdoms, and when dark magic is at play, no one is safe.






Circle Of Shadows by Evelyn Skye: Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied behind his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona.

As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging to the elite group—but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it’s been difficult to make their mark. So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group.Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever—and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved.






If You're Not The One by Jemma Forte: What if you could do it all over again?

Jennifer Wright is pretty sure her husband doesn't love her anymore. She and Max used to be the perfect couple, but the pressures of work and kids have pulled them in opposite directions. Now, Jen is full of "what if" questions about whether her bland, suburban existence is all she was ever destined for.

When a terrible accident sends Jen into a coma, she is able to see what her life could have been if she had run off to Australia with the handsome, dangerous man she met on vacation, or if she had stayed with her workaholic college boyfriend. Would she ever have loved another child as much as she loves her daughters? Could she have become rich? More than anything, Jen wants to do the right thing for her family. But what she discovers may leave her with even more questions about the choices she made, and no easy answers about what to do next.


Haunting The Deep by Adriana Mather: Samantha Mather knew her family’s connection to the infamous Salem Witch Trials might pose obstacles to an active social life. But having survived one curse, she never thought she’d find herself at the center of a new one.

This time, Sam is having recurring dreams about the Titanic . . . where she’s been walking the deck with first-class passengers, like her aunt and uncle. Meanwhile, in Sam’s waking life, strange missives from the Titanic have been finding their way to her, along with haunting visions of people who went down with the ship.

Ultimately, Sam and the Descendants, along with some help from heartthrob Elijah, must unravel who is behind the spell that is drawing her ever further into the dream ship . . . and closer to sharing the same grim fate as its ghostly passengers.



There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins: Love hurts...

Makani Young thought she'd left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She's found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn't far behind.

Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets.







Evermore by Sara Holland: Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: not only are the stories true, but she herself is the Alchemist, and Caro—a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood—is the Sorceress.

The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago. Jules must delve into the stories that she now recognizes are accounts of her own past. For it is only by piecing together the mysteries of her lives that Jules will be able to save the person who has captured her own heart in this one.





Trail Of Crumbs by Lisa J. Lawrence: After moving into a dank and drafty basement suite in West Edmonton with her truck- driving father, nasty stepmother and taciturn twin brother, Ash, seventeen-year-old Greta doesn't have high expectations for her last year of high school. When she blacks out at a party and is told the next day that she's had sex, she thinks things can't get any worse. She's wrong.

While Greta deals with the confusion and shame of that night, her stepmother and father choose that moment to disappear, abandoning Ash and Greta to the mercy of their peculiar landlord, Elgin, who lives upstairs. Even as Greta struggles to make sense of what happened to her, she finds herself enjoying her new and very eccentric family, who provide the shelter and support that has long been absent from her life. Much to Greta's surprise, she realizes there is still kindness in the world--and hope.
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1.31.2019

Review: Words In Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Title: Words In Deep Blue
Author: Cath Crowley
Publication Date: June 6th, 2017
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary
Page Count: 273

Synopsis:

Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.

Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

My Review:

I honestly cannot remember when I bought this book or where I got it. I know it's been on my shelves for a little while, though. I was very attracted to this cover. I mean, there's books all over it. I really enjoyed this book. I just didn't love it like I thought I would.

Likes: 
I loved the concept of the Letter Library. I love the idea of writing to each other in books. I feel like if that was the format of the entire book to be in letters. I would have preferred that. A story told in letters sounds like a fun book!

I love Rachel. She grows a lot in this book. From a broken person to someone who sees her future and what she wants with it. I also really like Henry as a character. Even though he's not in the best situations all the time, he still makes jokes out of it.

Dislikes: 
I really hated that Rachel kept the news about her brother from anyone. I feel like it was really selfish of her. They knew him too. They were his friends too. Heck, one of them even loved him. It's just really unfair that they all learned at different times that seemed to benefit Rachel more than it benefited them.

Final Thoughts:
I enjoyed this book. I just didn't love it. I really do feel like if it was written in letter format, I would have loved it. This book is almost poetic at times and I really liked that about it.

3/5 Stars.
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1.30.2019

Waiting On Wednesday: Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers

Title: Courting Darkness
Author: Robin LaFevers
Series: Courting Darkness (#1)
Expected Publication Date: February 5th, 2019
Genre(s): Fantasy, Young Adult
Page Count: 512
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Synopsis:

Death wasn’t the end, it was only the beginning…

Sybella has always been the darkest of Death’s daughters, trained at the convent of Saint Mortain to serve as his justice. But she has a new mission now. In a desperate bid to keep her two youngest sisters safe from the family that nearly destroyed them all, she agrees to accompany the duchess to France, where they quickly find themselves surrounded by enemies. Their one ray of hope is Sybella’s fellow novitiates, disguised and hidden deep in the French court years ago by the convent—provided Sybella can find them.

Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she struggles to remember who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. Her only solace is a hidden prisoner who appears all but forgotten by his guards. When tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to take matters into her own hands—even if it means ignoring the long awaited orders from the convent.

As Sybella and Gen’s paths draw ever closer, the fate of everything they hold sacred rests on a knife’s edge. Will they find each other in time, or will their worlds collide, destroying everything they care about?

What are you waiting on?

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