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Author of the Month-October

Hey guys! So I haven’t done an AOTM in a while but I’m doing my best to try and bring it back! So I read The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz recently and it blew me away and since it was released this month I wanted to make it my AOTM book! I’ll leave the pages and such for Nikki below for you to check her out!

Goodreads page: Goodreads

Website: Website page

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The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Published: October 17, 2017

Rating: 5/5

Summary: When the music stops, the dance begins.

Seventeen-year-old Penny is a lead dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and eleven other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Master who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate – and in the only life Penny has never known.

But when flashes of memories, memories of a life very different from the one she thinks she’s been leading, start to appear, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With a kind and attractive kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late.

So I really liked this book very much! This was the first book I tabbed while reading it and I liked that method a lot! I’ll be doing that a lot more in the future!

But this book was so interesting and reading it from Penny’s mind was so unique and cool! Because she kept losing her memories you had to try and find out what was real and what was not. I felt that all the characters were really interesting and really different from ones I had read before, and that really made this book stand out to me.

I thought Penny was a great main character, she didn’t have thoughts that other girl characters do, like self conscious thoughts about how plain she was and everything so that was refreshing. She was also a caring person and really went above and beyond to help her friends out as best she could; she never really thought only of herself and she had plenty of moments where she could but she just didn’t. Penny is also a brave girl and I really admired that about her, she faced a lot of difficult situations towards the end and she braved them and faced them head on.

Also her relationship with Cricket was so cute!

It was a really well done relationship. It wasn’t like she and him met and fell in love instantly, although I’m a sucker for that romance too not going to lie. But I loved uncovering all the history they both had with each other and see their relationship grow during the book. They were just so adorable, and I make plenty of pages that I thought were super cute to me.

And Cricket was a really good guy too. He was brave and strong, but tender with Penny at some moments, and I could tell that he really loved her. He was just a cheerful guy and I loved reading chapters with her and him together. They had a good relationship together and it didn’t feel rushed or anything. It was also really sweet, and thankfully not overly sexual. It was probably one of my favorite bookish relationships!

Master was another interesting character. He was honestly very dark, and I thought he was so deep and complex. He was so mysterious and I enjoyed the chapters from his youth before he opened the school. Also all the anatomy aspects in this book with Master were fun and interesting to read about. Overall he was a very unique character, one I don’t remember ever reading from another book.

Overall I found this book fun, interesting, dark, cute, and super fast paced! I loved it so much and it’s definitely a highlight this year! Definitely check it out in the future and I can’t wait to see what Nikki brings forth in the future!

See you all next post!

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Author of the Month

Hey everyone! Welcome to another Author of the Month post! I’m so sorry I haven’t been around lately! I mentioned reasons why in my previous post and finally had a moment to post tonight! 

But for those that are new to my blog, Author of the Month is where I feature and Author and post some info and maybe a review if I haven’t done one already about a book of theirs I read. 

So for this Author of the Month I chose Janet B Taylor! Her newest book Sparks of Light just released on the 1st and I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of it and I binge read both books one after the other and I’m officially obsessed. I loved her series so much! 

So her books Into the Dim and Sparks of Light are part of a trilogy or series I believe. Not sure which yet but I’m hoping for more books! I’ll leave the summary for the first book below: 

Into the Dim

When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. 

Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.

My review for Into the Dim is here: Into the Dim Review


And here is the cover for th second book! And my review for it is here: Sparks of Light Review

I highly suggest checking out this book because this series is one of my favorites ever! I love it so much! So much history and action, and I just think it’s so amazing! 

If you’re a fan of Outlander I really think you’ll like this, but if you’re a fan of history as well, again you’ll love this! It’s perfect for many different interests!

Plus the romance is so cute. 

I’m living for it!

I’ll leave links for Janet’s pages below so you can follow her and be aware of future books by her! 

Website: Website

Twitter: Janet’s Twitter

Let me know in the comments below your thoughts and if you’ve read this series before as I would love to know! 

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Author of the Month/Paintbrush Review

Hey everyone it’s time for my Author of the Month post for my blog! I recently read Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin and I loved it so so much that I felt Hannah definitely was my author of the month!

This novel was her debut novel and I am so blown away and I honestly cannot wait for whatever else Hannah offers us in the book world! I’ll leave links to her website and Instagram here:

Website: Hannah Bucchin Website

Instagram: Hannah Bucchin Instagram

I honestly just suggest giving her book Paintbrush a try because you’ll definitely fall in love with it! I’m leaving my review for you all down below!

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Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin

Publisher: Blaze Publishing LLC

Published: July 11, 2017

Rating: 5/5

Summary: Mitchell Morrison and Josie Sedgwick have spent their whole lives at the Indian Paintbrush Community Village, a commune full of colorful characters tucked in the mountains of North Carolina, and they aren’t particularly close–at least, not anymore. Josie wishes she could spend all of her time at Paintbrush planting tomatoes, hiking the trails, or throwing giant communal birthday parties, while Mitchell can’t wait to escape the bizarre spiritual sharing and noisy community dinners. Luckily for both of them, high school graduation is just around the corner.

But when Mitchell’s mother makes a scandalous announcement that rocks the close-knit Paintbrush community, and Josie’s younger sister starts to make some dangerously bad decisions, the two find themselves leaning on each other for support – and looking at each other in a whole new light. Their childhood friendship blossoms in to something more as they deal with their insane families, but as graduation approaches, so does life in the real world, forcing Josie and Mitchell to figure out what, exactly, their relationship is – and if it can survive their very different plans for the future. 

So as mentioned above I love this book. It’s so good and you can really relate to the characters. It’s a dual perspective novel told from Mitchell and Josie’s perspectives. You follow them as their senior year draws to a close and they both are dealing with personal things and personal decisions involving college and their life going forward.

Josie is fine staying at home with her family, and as the story goes on she starts to question her decision on why she really wants to stay there and what she wants to do with her life as a high school graduate.

Mitchell just wants to leave home and go out in the world as soon as his diploma hits his hand.

As he and Josie start to get closer to graduation, things start to develop between them and we watch their relationship grow and they try to figure out how their going to continue this relationship when they have different things in mind for their futures.

Their relationship was something I really enjoyed reading about because it just seemed so real between them and they had realistic problems and it’s something many couples who read this can relate to. I think I relate to Josie the most (and not just because I’m a girl and so is she); mainly because she and I had similar fears once the end of high school came upon us. We were both unsure what we wanted to do and it scared us to even think about leaving home and what is in store for us.

Bucchin really did write such a relatable story and wrote such great characters who had flaws, doubts, and had such a beautiful friendship. I loved reading about their relationship both as friends and as a couple.

Paintbrush, the town in the novel, is such a fun place too! I liked reading about the community they lived in, and we got such a good glimpse into their lives.

Also Michell’s friendship with his best friend Cord is so cute and fun! Cord is one of my all time favorite characters I’ve read this year! He was so supportive of Mitchell’s relationship, was there for him during the hardest part of his life when his mom dropped a bomb on him and his father. He was just a nice, supportive best friend and it’s something you really don’t read much about. They were so different, but they really clicked!

Overall I loved this book, it was just a fantastic debut novel from an author who I will definitely be keeping an eye on in the future! Highly recommend this book and I hope you will give it a try!

Let me know in the comments your thoughts on this novel and if you’ve read it as I would love to know!

 

 

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Author of the Month/Review

Hello! Welcome to another Author of the Month post!

For those that are new to my blog-first of all WELCOME! And second of all, Author of the Month is where I choose and Author and feature a post about them; normally it’s with a review attached and some links to their website and places to buy their books.

So the Author of the Month for the month of June is Kiersten White! She is the author of many books, my favorite being And I Darken and Now I Rise.

I have a review for And I Darken, the first book in the Conquerer’s Saga. I just finished Now I Rise last night at like almost midnight and I honestly think this series is one of my all time favorites! It just blew me away!

I’ll leave my review for And I Darken here: Review: And I Darken

I also did a review on her book The Chaos of Stars which I will leave linked here: Review: Chaos of Stars

I’ll leave her website and places to follow her down below as well.

So as I mentioned above, I just finished Now I Rise, and I was blown away with how amazing it was! I was so hooked on it!

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Rating: 5/5

Summary off Goodreads: Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

Can we just….

A moment of silence for my feels and heart…

Okay so wow! I loved everything about this book! I wasn’t expecting to get so hooked to it because literally after I finished reading it I sat there for like 10 minutes in bed just staring into space because everything was just so overwhelming.

I think it mainly has to do with the fact that Lada is so vicious, cruel, strong, and badass AF. Lada is such a flawed and ruthless character, and I really think that makes her stand out to me. I haven’t really read a book with a main character anything like Lada. Her relationship with her companions and her best friend Bogdan was fun and so complex. She really tested some of them during this journey to get her country back.

Also she had my favorite scene and line from this entire book:

”’Silviu?’ Lada asked. ‘I am here to negotiate your support’ Lada drew her crossbow and shot him in the chest. One of Toma’s men shouted in surprise.

Lada turned her horse. ‘That went well. We have the full support of this estate now.’”

Radu was also an interesting character. I really liked him and in the first book and that affection grew for him in this book. His love for his friend Mehmed was so sweet and loyal.

It hurts my heart that Radu has so much love to give to people who never really give it back to him in return.

But I liked his development in the series so far, his someone distance love for his sister, and his willingness to do whatever it took to help Mehmed and also help a friend. His internal conflict was also interesting to read about, because he really did go through a lot of it during the story, and he really wondered if he made the right choice.

I honestly cannot wait to see where his character ends up as the story goes on, as well as with Lada. I really want to see where she ends up.

If you’re interested in following Kiersten I’ll leave the link to her website here: Website

Her twitter here: Kiersten’s Twitter

And her Goodreads page here: Goodreads

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If you want to buy her books I’ll leave a link here for Barnes and Nobles to get Now I Rise: Now I Rise on BN and Amazon: Now I Rise on Amazon

Let me know down below if you’ve read any of her books and your thoughts; as well as recommendations similar to her books as I would love to know and check them out!

Thanks for joining me on this month’s Author of the Month!

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One of Us is Lying/Author of the Month-May

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One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Published: May 30, 2017

Rating: 5/5

One of Us is Lying is a story with a breakfast club type setting: it has the jock, Cooper; the brain, Bronwyn; the beauty, Addy; the criminal, Nate; and the outcast Simon. Five of them wind up in detention, and four walk out alive after witnessing the death of one of their classmates. Simon ends up dying on the eve of his newest post on his gossip app, and the main suspects are the four left alive, because they have secrets that were about to be revealed to the entire world.

I honestly felt this was a great diverse group of people with very diverse pasts, and they have to deal with the consequences of their actions and how their actions affect their lives and their families. I love how it goes in depth about the pressure of family expectations, the issues with drug use, and such. I also like how while her characters had the labels of typical people like the brain or the beauty, they were so much more than that. The criminal was really well rounded and had a lot of heart and character. I think he honestly was one of my favorite characters in the story, mainly because you really got to see his barriers get broken down, and that there was so much more to him than his selling drugs. I just loved seeing him develop as the story went on.

Also the beauty, Addy, was actually really smart and wasn’t like a typical blonde girl sometimes portrayed in fiction. She made a mistake and learned from it and learned to fix herself and her character. She also wasn’t put there to ruin everything, she served a much bigger purpose than is typical seen, and I loved that about this book.

This book really kept me guessing with the mystery! I thought I had it figured out a few times during the story and I ended up being totally wrong! Any time I thought I knew who did it or that it was this way, I ended up having to back to the drawing board, because I never guessed it right! I just was hooked onto this book and the mystery and everything about it! One of my favorites this year!

And that romance man…let me tell you! I support it all the way and I love it and at first it crushed me and I was okay with it and I just…OTP FOREVER. I just really enjoyed that the romance wasn’t the main focus, and it was so cute, and not used as a device to drag the story on! Loved it so much!

Overall I just really enjoyed this book and this author’s writing! The plot was super fun and interesting, I loved the mystery of it, I love the Breakfast Club vibes since it’s one of my favorite movies ever!

And the writing and this book is why Karen M. McManus is the Author of the Month for May! I’ll leave a link to her goodreads page here: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15127507.Karen_M_McManus

I highly recommend picking this book up and reading it! You definitely won’t be disappointed!

I can’t wait to see what else Karen brings out into the world!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments as I would love to know and discuss with you!

 

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Author of the Month-Feb

Hey everyone! So we are back for another Author of the Month and for the month of February the author is Sophie Jordan! I’m so sorry I haven’t been reviewing lately! I’ve been so busy with school and work that I haven’t had a chance to do much! I’ve been reading a bit, mainly audiobooks, and a little bit before and between classes.

Anyways, so I heard awesome stuff about Reign of Shadows last year when it came out and I finally read it this past December and I loved it! Probably one of my top reads last year! And I received an ARC of Rise of Fire recently and I finished that in a little over day.

So down below I am going to be posting the summaries and reviews for both books! As well as some links for her.

Okay here we go!

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Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

Summary: When an eclipse throws the Kingdom of Relhok into darkness, an evil chancellor kills the King and Queen, leaving newborn Princess Luna an orphan and on the run. Hidden in a tower, she is safe, and learns to adapt to her surrounding and survive. Then she meets Fowler, and her life is thrown off course. When she and Fowler have to escape the tower after it’s attacked, Luna realises that the world is more dangerous that she thought, and that the secrets they’re both hiding from each other can change the course of everything.

Rating: 5/5

Review: Wow! I loved this book so much! It was just…a treat! I had never read her other books before but they are on my Nook, so this really was just a great introduction to her work. It was interesting, the world was fascinating, the characters were complex, and just overall I felt it was a really cool story. It is a young adult retelling of Rapunzel, which made it unique in my opinion, because there aren’t many Rapunzel retellings that I am aware of at least. And so far, this retelling is my favorite!

You meet Luna, who lives with her guardians Sivo and Perla, and she’s blind. So it was interesting sort of reading things from her point of view. Her blindness didn’t make her vulnerable, it made her deadly. She knew how to protect herself, she caught on to things that other people in the story might have missed. It was great because it really brought forth the message “don’t underestimate anyone, because they can surprise you”.

Fowler was a really cool dude, I liked reading this POV in the story, and overall he was just top notch! He was smart, tough, and I just adored him! I liked how understanding he was with Luna and her blindness; and how at times when she couldn’t understand something he was describing, he would try his best to figure out another way to get what he was saying across. It was just really interesting to see his tough exterior sort of break down as he got to know Luna and as they travelled together.

But let me tell you…that plot twist towards the end just…wow! It wasn’t really a plot twist as it was a revelation! And let me tell you it was a huge one! At least for me it was! I never saw it coming and I thought it really brought a lot of interesting factors into place for the story.

Overall I really enjoyed my reading experience with this book, and I highly recommend it! Try it out at least! I have a feeling you’ll really like it, especially if you like fantasy and retellings!

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Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan

Summary: I can’t give too much away but it continues on after Reign of Shadows ends. Luna and Fowler are taken as hostages to the neighboring kingdom of Lagonia and end up being used as bargaining chips in an effort to unite the kingdoms.

Review: 5/5

I just loved this duology and I’m so sad it’s over! Once again Luna stunned me so well with how capable she was in this novel. She held her own and I just love her chraracter and her role in everything. She showed so much bravery when she jumped after Fowler and the dwellers.

Fowler, poor Fowler. He was out of commission for most of the book. But I think the best part was his need to protect her even after how sick he gets. He does his best to make sure she’s safe, even though he knows she can handle herself. I just thought it was so cute that he felt he had to do that for her. You kind of see a different side of him I think; because in book one he was all tough and closed off, but in this book he’s more open and willing to let himself really feel things more, which I throughly enjoyed!

I liked all the political drama kind of stuff that was going on, it made it really interesting and added to all that was going on. Going along with the drama, you meet new characters! Maris, the King’s daughter and betrothed to Fowler, and Chasan, the King’s son. As well as the King, Tebald. He was sort of an interesting character, mainly because of his background with Luna’s family. He was also very cruel, and a tad creepy. Maris was just so annoying! I hated her! She was so selfish and shallow. And also kind of creepy if I’m being honest! She would obsess over how even though she barely knew him, she was so excited to start their life together and get married. It was just awkward! But seeing at how creepy her dad was, I wasn’t surprised she was like that! Chasan was someone I hated at first, and later grew to like. He was rude and closed off, and as you got to know him he started to open up and you saw more of his personality and who he really is.

Overall I highly recommend this series! I loved the books, the plot, the characters, the drama, and the world! It was interesting, as well as fun and quick! You’ll fly through these books in a matter of hours!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read these books and your thoughts as I would love to know!

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Author of the Month-Jan

Hello everyone!

It’s time for the next author of the month post!

The January Author of the Month is Stephanie Garber!

She is a debut author who’s novel Caraval is releasing later this month. I had the pleasure of reading Caraval so I’ll be leaving the book description and my review down below to check out! I will also be leaving links to preorder the book, as well as information about the preorder giveaway going on.

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Summary: Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she, her cruel father, and sister Tella live. After Scarlett’s father arranges a marriage for her, she thinks her chances of seeing Caraval, the once a year performance involving the audience, are now dashed. When her invitation to Caraval arrives, Tella and a sailor she just met take her to the show. Once they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Legend, the Caraval mastermind. This year, Caraval revolves around Tella, and the person who finds her first is declared the winner. Now Scarlett must find her sister before the game is up, or risk losing her forever.

Rating: 5/5

Review:

I loved this book! My first reaction after reading this book was “Wow! Oh my gosh!” I just could not put the book down once I started it, and I really got into what was going on. It was a journey let me tell you! When I first started reading it, I was so curious as to what was going to happen as well as what was going on; and as I read I was sucked into the game and mystery! And I cried…I did because oh man! But it was great that you really get attached to the characters and really feel what they’re feeling, and when things get revealed, you’re just as shocked as they are!

You start off with letters from Scarlett to Legend, and continue on from there. You meet Scarlett, then Tella, and then Julian. He is probably my favorite character besides Scarlett in this whole book.

This book really does show that first impressions are not always accurate with characters. I really enjoyed that about it, because it makes you look more closely at the people and try to figure out who they really are. That was the main thing with Tella more than anyone in this book I feel. You’re introduced to Tella and from my standpoint, she was a bit annoying and just selfish. She didn’t seem to care about consequences for other people, as long as she got what she wanted she didn’t care. Or at least that’s what I saw, and what I thought throughout most of the book. That thought changes once you get further into the book and everything comes to light. What happened basically blew my mind, and I really felt like you were shown a side of Tella that really just changed everything.

I hated her father from the get go, he’s a dick! Ugh! Hate him! But that’s what makes him such an interesting character…he’s still a dick though.

Scarlett remained selfless the whole time, and while at times she got a little annoying, it was amazing to see someone who was so dedicated to their sister.

Julian I think was another character who threw you for a loop many times over. He would be one way, then another, then another, and then you found out more about him and it just blew me away. And shocked me to my soul! Wow!

Speaking of plot twists, those were insane, and so mind blowing to me that I just…fell in love with this book, and I cannot wait to read the sequel that I didn’t know I needed until now. Because I NEED IT.

I feel like I was in a Clue game mixed with The Hunger Games…okay Clue was a bad example. More like a Hunger Games like scavenger hunt.

Stephanie just introduced my favorite read of the year so far, I was that amazed with this! The writing was spectacular, the characters were so interesting and complex, the world building was great, and overall the plot was something so unique and amazing that I just have no words! I highly recommend this book to anyone, you’ll really enjoy it! I cannot wait to see what else Stephanie published for the world in the future! She’s definitely an author to watch!

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Stephanie Garber website: http://stephaniegarberauthor.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SGarberGirl

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14137787.Stephanie_Garber

Preorder Giveaway page: http://us.macmillan.com/flatironbooks/promo/caravalpreordergiveaway

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/caraval-stephanie-garber/1123015759?ean=9781250095251

Keplers Books: http://www.keplers.com/stephanie-garber-preorder-page