Book off Haul 2

Hey everyone! I’m here with my last Book Off haul from a week or so ago! They had some interesting books and I picked them up for my collection! Again for novels that aren’t the first books, I won’t be leaving a summary.

The first couple are some books by Julie Garwood. The Ransom is the sequel to The Secret so I’m excited that I have both of them so that I can read them both after the other now!

I got the four books in the Crown’s Spies series by Julie Garwood. The first is The Lion’s Lady, the second is Guardian Angel, the third is the Gift, and the last is Castles. I don’t know if there are going to be more or not but I got the four to read!

Summary of The Lion’s Lady: Christina Bennett had taken London society by storm. The ravishing beauty guarded the secret of her mysterious past until the night Lyon, Marquis of Lyonwood, stole a searching, sensuous kiss. An arrogant nobleman with a pirate’s passions, he tasted the wild fire smoldering beneath Christina’s cool charm and swore to possess her…

But the feisty and defiant Christina would not be so easily conquered. Mistress of her heart and of her fortune, she resisted Lyon’s sensuous caresses. She dared not surrender to his love…for then, she must also forsake her precious secret…and her promised destiny!

I also got The Book of Scandal by Julia London which is the first book in the Scandalous Series. I hope I like it, I picked it up but I haven’t heard much about it so we shall see!

Summary: Nathan Grey, the Earl of Lindsey, is infamously known as the Libertine of Lindsey for his scandalous ways with women. But when he hears gossip that his estranged wife, Evelyn, is about to be named in The Book of Scandal, he has no choice but to remove her from London to protect her and himself from charges of treason — even if it calls for abduction! While Evelyn has no legal recourse against the man who broke her heart years ago but is still considered her lord and master, she is no longer the immature girl Nathan married. Her enforced homecoming quickly turns into a battle of wills that tears down her husband’s defenses and lays bare the passion that still burns between them. Before it is too late, Nathan must confront powerful adversaries as he convinces Evelyn that she is not only his wife, but the one woman he will love for all time. 

I also got A Most Scandalous Engagement by Gayle Callen. This is the second book in the Scandalous Lady series. I think I have the first book but I can’t remember right now ha! I hope this one is good too! It looks sexy! Hehe!

I also got another Nora Roberts book that was 1$! I have so many of her books as Nora Roberts but sadly haven’t read any! I need to fix that ASAP! I’ve heard a lot about her books and just haven’t done it yet…I’m a horrible human being.

Summary: Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever.

Twelve years later, the woman known as Abigail Lowery lives on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she designs sophisticated security systems — and supplements her own security with a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. But Abigail’s reserve only intrigues police chief Brooks Gleason. Her logical mind, her secretive nature, and her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something — and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be revealed.

With a quirky, unforgettable heroine and a pulse-pounding plotline, Nora Roberts presents a riveting new read that cements her place as today’s most reliably entertaining thriller — and will leave people hungering for more. 

I also got Size 14 Is Not Fat Either by Meg Cabot. I think I have all the books now, besides one or something, then I can binge read them! I liked the books I’ve read of hers, so I think I’ll end up liking this series too!

Lastly from Book Off I got The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley. This is the second book to The Winter Sea. This is another author that I have multiple books by her but I haven’t read them yet…again I’m a horrible human being….

That’s all for this haul and I’ll see you all in my next post! I may be going on a small book buying ban but that never works for me honestly so let’s see what happens with that I guess… Let me know in the comments what books you recently acquired!

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Unpopular Opinions Booktag

Hello! It’s time for me to do the Unpopular Opinions book tag! This was a video created by TheBookArcher on YouTube and I love reading and watching everyone’s answers so here are mine! I’ll link her channel here for you: The Book Archer

*Disclaimer: These are just my opinions, I am entitled to my own opinions, but that doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t like these books. I just personally don’t or do*
1. A Popular Book or series that you didn’t like.

So….I didn’t like The Hunger Games…I read them all and I felt they were so boring. Katniss didn’t interest me at all. I felt they were really boring and also didn’t get interesting until the games happened, and overall I’ve read better books.

I also hated The House of Night series! I couldn’t even finish the first and I just can’t stand the main character! She’s freaking annoying as hell! Ugh!

2. A Popular Book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love.

Okay the main one for me is Twilight. I freaking loved the books so much! Mainly the first three. I love them so much and I have so many good memories with them! It’s always funny to me when people are like “I hate Twilight” when I know they were originally fans and read all the books and saw all the movies, but want to hate it to look cool. But whatever…

Also the Penryn and the End of Days Trilogy by Susan Ee. I know a lot of people don’t like this series but again I really really liked it!

3. A Love Triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn ppl for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don’t like.

Um…for me I didn’t like Katniss and Peeta. And it’s not that I felt that she should have ended up with Gale, I just felt she shouldn’t have chosen anybody. I really felt like she felt she was settling for him because she couldn’t have Gale and didn’t want to be alone. I wish she would have chosen herself to let herself heal after all that she went to…

Also I didn’t feel like Bella should have ended up with Edward. I was a huge Team Jacob girl so I always felt from book 1 that she should have been with Jacob instead, mainly because they were such a cute couple. I felt that she was her true self with him, and was a better person when he was in her life.

4. A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for. 

Um, adult sci-fi. I really want to read them, I have a couple considered adult sci-fi but I haven’t read any of them besides Lord of the Rings, and some Star Wars books. But I want to read like Malice by John Gwynne, or books by Brandon Sanderson. But I just get so nervous picking them up and reading them. Maybe one day.

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.

I mainly like everyone that’s considered popular, but I did not like Katniss. Mainly because I felt that she lead on Peeta, even though she seemed to love Gale more. I just didn’t like how she went about all that. She kind of did the same thing to Gale. She would do stuff with Peeta for the games and he would get jealous, but she would go out of her way to make him love her still. I don’t know. I just never liked Katniss as a character.

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into. 

Um, this author seems to be E. L James. I didn’t like 50 Shades of Grey. In fact, I hated the first book and got rid of it after 100 pages. And now she has another book coming out in this series told through the male POV like the book Grey. It’s called Darker or something. So she basically did a Midnight Sun, but for the whole entire series. Ugh. It’s trash. I hate that series. I’ve read so many better smutty romances, I don’t need to crap in my life.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. (examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)

I like a lot of different tropes people are tired of, but I like how authors add their own take to them. But the one I don’t often like reading are the books with the shy, “ugly”, plain main characters; who are randomly drop dead gorgeous. I just wish more girl main characters were comfortable being themselves or at least were girls that aren’t considered plain even though they’re really pretty.

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.

Probably The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson. I read most of the first book and didn’t enjoy it, so I’m not going to bother going back and trying to read it again. But I do want to read her goldseeker trilogy!

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

I would have to say I like the Hunger Games movies better than the books. I just felt that they were more interesting than the books.

And there are my unpopular opinions! Let me know in the comments your opinions and I tag Liz at Stellar Kitten Book Reviews for this tag!

Seize Today Blog Tour

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Hey everyone! I’m here today to talk to you about Seize Today by Pintip Dunn! I am so happy to be apart of the blog tour for this book and was thankful to be given the chance to do so!

For those that don’t know Pintip is the author of the Forget Tomorrow trilogy! I’ll insert some pictures down here, as well as her author profile link here: Author Website

 

 

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Seize Today by Pintip Dunn

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Published:

Rating: 3.5/5

Summary: Seventeen-year-old precognitive Olivia Dresden is an optimist. Since different versions of people’s futures flicker before her eyes, she doesn’t have to believe in human decency. She can literally see the path to goodness in each person—if only he or she would make the right decision. No one is more conflicted than her mother, Chairwoman Dresden, and Olivia is fiercely loyal to the woman her mother could be.

But when the Chairwoman captures Ryder Russell, a boy from the rebel Underground, Olivia is forced to reevaluate her notions of love and faith. With Ryder’s help, Olivia must come to terms with who her mother is in the present—and stop her before she destroys the world.

*Thank you Netgalley for the e-Arc*

So I liked this book more than I did the first one. I don’t know why, because it’s usually opposite with me. But I found Olivia really interesting and I thought she was a really great character! It was interesting reading about her loyalty to her mother, who really is a horrible person but she refuses to really see that about her. I think it was great that we had the story from her POV because I liked reading about the different directions things could go in and seeing how her talent worked.

I did like that we saw Callie and Logan again in this book, as well as Jessa. I didn’t click with Callie and Logan in the first book, but this book was better with them in my opinion.

I think I just connected with Olivia more because her story was so much more emotional and it really pulled at your heartstrings. Olivia didn’t have a great childhood and you always felt so horrible for her.

I think it also warmed my heart that while Olivia’s mother, Chairwoman Dresden, Olivia would always hope that her mother would make the right choice.

It still sort of boggled my mind how she could be so loyal to her mother when she never made the right choices.

I think a main complaint I had was that Ryder wasn’t as active in this book, which bummed me out because I wanted to hear more from and about him so I wish that he was included more in this book. I did think that this trilogy was tied up well, and it didn’t feel like any loose threads were left. It’s always good because it gets frustrating when things are left unsolved, because you never got the answers you wanted.

Going back to Ryder, I think he really was interesting because he tended to contradict himself a lot. He was also a very angry character. It’s understandable considering what he went through, but it just always interested me that he was that way. He was also very closed off and didn’t trust anyone really. Again, understandable. It was interesting because his relationship with Jessa really changed in this book and it was shocking at first seeing how different he was with her.

I also thought this story did well going into the whole science of precognition, as that was always an interest of mine. But I think this book as definitely sci-fi heavy and I thought the author did a really good job with that!

Overall this series was interesting, and I felt that it got better as it went on. If you’re interesting in sci-fi then I think you’ll really enjoy this book and series. But I recommend this series to everyone who finds it interesting!

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

I’ve also included an excerpt down below for you all to check out!


 

Excerpt:

Eleven years earlier…

I pull the lever of the cage, switching the tunnel onto a different track, trying to confuse the mice.

I know exactly how the future will play out, of course. I know which mice will fall down the trap and which ones will smack into the see-through glass wall. I know which mice will get hopelessly lost. I even know which ones will run the maze correctly on the very first try.

I like watching them anyway. They wriggle over one another like worms, and their whiskers twitch when they’re at a corner between two paths. But what I like most is how they come to me when I call.

Picking up a mouse, I run my fingers over its soft fur and warm body. It looks at me with unblinking pink eyes, and I think it could be my friend.

Of course, I can see which mice will come, so I know which ones to call. Rodents are predictable like that. Humans, not so much. They have too many wants, too many feelings. I don’t see any one future for people. Rather, I see them all—every single pathway their futures might take, flickering before my eyes.

So I have to guess which of my human classmates will want to play with me. Most of the time, I guess wrong.

“Are you bothering my mice again?” a little boy’s voice says. “Fates, Livvy. How many times do I have to tell you? Leave them alone!”

Startled, I let go of the mouse and look up at Tanner Callahan, the other six-year-old who hangs around the scientists’ labs. I’m here because my mom’s the head of the Future Memory Agency, or FuMA, and he’s here…I guess ’cause he has nowhere else to be.

He’s got black hair that pokes up in the back, and his skin sticks too closely to his bones. I thought this meant he wasn’t eating enough, but MK, our child-minder, said that grief over his parents’ deaths had burrowed holes through his resources.

This makes me think of the mice digging through the straw, and my chest aches. I flash forward to his futures. He still has hundreds of branches remaining, but in most of them, one thing is the same: he will be sad and lonely until he kisses our classmate Jessa ten years in the future.

I don’t know why kissing should change anything. But I do know how it feels to be lonely and sad.

We don’t have to be like this. I could be his friend. I just have to figure out the right thing to say.

“Jessa and I are going to rule the world one day.” It can’t hurt to bring up the girl he smushes lips with. Maybe if he thinks she and I are friends, he’ll like me, too. “You know Jessa, right? The girl with the teardrop eyes? She’s my best friend.” Not true. I think Jessa only talks to me because she’s nice. But he doesn’t have to know that.

“Oh yeah? Well someday, I’m going to be the inventor of future memory,” he shoots back. “And then we’ll see who’s more important.”

I bite my lip. That wasn’t what I meant. I wasn’t trying to brag or compare or compete. The futures containing our friendship begin to fall away, one by one. I guessed wrong once again.

Barnes and Nobles Haul 2

Hey everyone! I’m here with another Barnes and Nobles haul that I acquired when I went with my friend Liz! We also went to the Book Off that was closest to us but that will be in another post!

So here we go!

The first books I got are Falling Under and Opening Up by Lauren Dane. They are books 1 and 2 in the Ink and Chrome series. Opening Up is the first book so I’ll leave a summary below for Opening Up!

Summary: The men of the Twisted Steel custom motorcycle shop are great with their hands… and they’re not afraid to get dirty.

PJ is exactly the kind of woman Twisted Steel owner Asa Barrons doesn’t need. The last thing he wants to do is mix business with pleasure, and PJ has some of the best custom detailing he’s ever seen. But the chemistry between them won’t be denied, and soon he’s introducing her to a whole new world in the bedroom, pushing her far beyond anything she’s ever experienced. PJ finds she can’t get enough, but how far is too far before he consumes her completely? 

I’ve heard Jessica from Peacelovebooks talk about it, I’ll leave her blog and Youtube channel here: Blog and Youtube

I also got Only For You by Beth Kery. I heard that her romances were really good and so I picked it up! I have another of her books that I need to get to, and this will be added to that as well!

And I finally found the third book in the Hacker series for discount! I would have bought the whole series full price but I don’t really have the money for that (even though I buy so many books…) but still. I thought it would be better for my budget to buy them on clearance and I finally found the last one so I’m happy!

Also got The Moment of Letting Go by J A Redmerski. I got The Edge of Never by this author but saw this book for like 5$ so I just decided to get it and I’ll get to it once I’m done with The Edge of Never.

Summary: Sienna Murphy never does anything without a plan. And so far her plans have been working. Right after college, she got a prestigious job and gained the stability she’d always craved-until work takes her to the sun-drenched shores of Oahu and places her in the path of sexy surfer Luke Everett. For the first time, she lets her heart take control. Drawn to his carefree charm, she makes a spontaneous and very un-Sienna-like decision to drop everything and stay in Hawaii for two more weeks.

Luke lives fast and wild. When he meets Sienna, he’s convinced that some no-strings-attached fun is just what she needs. As their nights quickly turn from playful to passionate, Luke can’t deny the deep connection he feels. But there’s a reason Luke doesn’t do long-term. He can’t promise Sienna forever when the enormity of his past has shown him just how fragile the future can be . . .

I also decided to get two Cassandra Clare books. I was collecting the UK paperbacks because those were the ones I started finding at used bookstores and I liked those the most and I kept looking for them and after a while, I decided to sell those copies and get these copies instead since they all match. I love the spines too since they make a picture which I thought was so cool! I recently got City of Glass and I decided to get Clockwork Angel since I hope to read it and then start right into the Infernal Devices. I also got Lady Midnight which was lame of me since I’m not even close to reading that yet but whatever.

But now I have two books to add to my Cassandra Clare collection!

But that is all for this small haul until my Book Off part 2 haul so I’ll see you in my next post!

October Spooky Reads

Hey all! So since Halloween is coming up and I thought I would post a TBR of spooky books I want to read during the last two weeks of October!

First I want to read is the How to Hang a Witch series by Adriana Mathep. I have an ARC of the second book and since I’ve never read the first I figured I would read both of them and fulfill the spooky factor! I’ll leave the summary of the first one below!

Summary: Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?

If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with The Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.

Next I want to read The Breathless by Tara Goedjen. I got the ARC at YallWest and since it comes out this month I figured I would pick it up and read it now for Halloween!

Summary: No one knows what really happened on the beach where Roxanne Cole’s body was found, but her boyfriend, Cage, took off that night and hasn’t been seen since. Until now. One year—almost to the day—from Ro’s death, when he knocks on the door of Blue Gate Manor and asks where she is.

Cage has no memory of the past twelve months. According to him, Ro was alive only the day before. Ro’s sister Mae wouldn’t believe him, except that something’s not right. Nothing’s been right in the house since Ro died.

And then Mae finds the little green book. The one hidden in Ro’s room. It’s filled with secrets—dangerous secrets—about her family, and about Ro. And if what it says is true, then maybe, just maybe, Ro isn’t lost forever.

And maybe there are secrets better left to the dead.

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Up next is a newer release and it’s Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero. It’s basically a retelling of Scooby Doo! Which is my all time favorite cartoon show ever! I had stuffed animals of him, and my first dog was named Scooby Doo even though he was a daschund. So I’m super excited to get into this book and I really hope that I like it!

Summary: 1990. The teen detectives once known as the Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in the Zoinx River Valley in Oregon) are all grown up and haven’t seen each other since their fateful, final case in 1977. Andy, the tomboy, is twenty-five and on the run, wanted in at least two states. Kerri, one-time kid genius and budding biologist, is bartending in New York, working on a serious drinking problem. At least she’s got Tim, an excitable Weimaraner descended from the original canine member of the team. Nate, the horror nerd, has spent the last thirteen years in and out of mental health institutions, and currently resides in an asylum in Arhkam, Massachusetts. The only friend he still sees is Peter, the handsome jock turned movie star. The problem is, Peter’s been dead for years.

The time has come to uncover the source of their nightmares and return to where it all began in 1977. This time, it better not be a man in a mask. The real monsters are waiting.

With raucous humor and brilliantly orchestrated mayhem, Edgar Cantero’s Meddling Kids taps into our shared nostalgia for the books and cartoons we grew up with, and delivers an exuberant, eclectic, and highly entertaining celebration of horror, life, friendship, and many-tentacled, interdimensional demon spawn.

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Lastly I want to read The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson! I haven’t read a book by her yet but I heard really good things about her work! So I hope it lives up to my expectations as mean as that sounds!

Summary: Four seekers have arrived at the rambling old pile known as Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of psychic phenomena; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Luke, the adventurous future inheritor of the estate; and Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman with a dark past. As they begin to cope with chilling, even horrifying occurrences beyond their control or understanding, they cannot possibly know what lies ahead. For Hill House is gathering its powers – and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

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Are there any books you plan on reading for Halloween?? Let me know in the comments your Horror rec’s as well as your Halloween plans as I would love to know!

 

Cradle Gift

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Cradle Gift by Patricia Bossano

Publisher: iUniverse

Published: August 26rd, 2013

Rating: 3/5

Summary:

On the day she was born, Maité received a cradle gift from the faery Nahia-a gift that allows her to travel into other worlds while in a dream state.

At seventeen, Maité’s mortal world is torn apart with the tragic loss of her parents. Uprooted from the only home she’s ever known and isolated in a foreign country, the young woman struggles to make sense of her new life. But the conflict in the realm of Faery is about to bleed over into Maité’s reality. She finds herself in the middle of an ancient struggle between Nahia and the Beautiful One as they furiously clash for control over the realm.

Through her Cradle Gift, Maité uncovers the extent of the Faery Realm’s involvement in her life, and in her quest to come to terms with it, Maité has the help of best friend Emily, and David; a young man whose interest in genetics illuminates possibilities that will change her identity forever.

Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book for review!

This is the second book in a high fantasy companion series and I enjoyed this book. It wasn’t my favorite out of the three, but I did like it a lot and thought it had really fun fantasy elements in it.

Faeries are one of my favorite fantasy creatures to read about so this story really appealed to me on that aspect.

I liked reading this book and getting lost in this fantasy world, and going along with Maite on her journey and how she handles her gift and the struggles she faces! You really feel sorry for her after the death of her parents, and even more when she has to move and live with a really uncaring grandfather in another country. And you go along with her as she discovers everything she knew isn’t what it seems and I loved that aspect of this novel! Traveling to new worlds through story-telling is such a gift and a treasure and I really felt this author did an amazing job taking you on this journey.

I really don’t want to say much more because a lot of the magic comes from reading it yourself and going along with Maite on her adventures. But I really think this story was so worth checking out, and I highly recommend if you’re a fan of fantasy that this story and this world is for you.

This story is something women of all ages will enjoy and will get swept away with! The plot was interesting and fun, the characters were well thought out, and the writing was really well done!

Let me know in the comments your thoughts and if you’ve read this before and I’ll see you in my next post!

The War I Finally Won Blog Tour

Hello everyone! I’m so excited to be apart of the Blog Tour for The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley! I received a copy by Dial Books and I got the chance to read this novel and wow!

I’ll get to that in my review below!

Author bio: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley lives on a forty-two-acre farm in Bristol, Tennessee, with her husband and two children. She is the author of several middle-grade novels, including the widely acclaimed Jefferson’s Sons and the Newbery Honor- and Schneider Award-winning New York Times bestseller The War that Saved My Life.

Title: The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Publisher: Dial Books

Published: October 3rd, 2017

Rating: 4/5

Summary: When Ada’s clubfoot is surgically fixed at last, she knows for certain that she’s not what her mother said she was—damaged, deranged, crippled mentally as well as physically. She’s not a daughter anymore, either. What is she?

World War II continues, and Ada and her brother, Jamie, are living with their loving legal guardian, Susan, in a borrowed cottage on the estate of the formidable Lady Thorton—along with Lady Thorton herself and her daughter, Maggie. Life in the crowded cottage is tense enough, and then, quite suddenly, Ruth, a Jewish girl from Germany, moves in. A German? The occupants of the house are horrified. But other impacts of the war become far more frightening. As death creeps closer to their door, life and morality during wartime grow more complex. Who is Ada now? How can she keep fighting? And who will she struggle to save?

I forgot how interesting it is to read a book through the mind of a child. Ada is a girl who lives in a war-torn world, and you begin to see so much through her eyes. She is a little girl going through the after effects of abuse and neglect and it struggling to find her footing in all this chaos going on around her.

I haven’t read the first book but after reading this one, I really want to check it out and see where Ada’s story began. I loved her mind and her character so much during this story. I liked reading about her relationship with Susan, and her best friend Maggie, and how her relationship slowly developed with Ruth.

I think though, reading about her and Susan’s relationship was so amazing. It was my favorite throughout the whole book. Because she gets word that her mother dies during a bombing, Susan becomes her and her brother’s legal guardian. Susan loves them, and Jaime has no problems calling Susan mother. Ada on the other hand, can’t do that. You start to see Ada resent Jaime for finding it so easy to do that.

And that’s because Ada can’t trust Susan.

She cares about Susan, but she doesn’t trust that Susan will always be there for her, and that’s what she needs from her the most before she can take that step and call her mother. And it’s tough because Susan can’t really make that promise in a war.

But seeing Ada begin to grow and realize that what her mother said about her being such a horrible person isn’t true. She begins to break out her shell and begins to really live her life as much as she can with a war going on.

I also liked seeing how things went when Ruth entered the story. Lady Thorton immediately hates her, and she sees her as a reason that her son is fighting in the war. Lady Thorton judged Ruth by the country she was from, rather than what she really was. Ruth is Jewish, but she doesn’t see that much. Rather she sees that she is from Germany, so instantly she can’t be trusted. Coming from present-day American society, I see that happening all around me and it was an interesting take on it in this novel.

Ada and Jaime don’t care much about her religion as well, but in a different way from Lady Thorton. They assume she’s a spy, and she can’t be trusted. But slowly the two begin to build a friendship, and I thought it was really fun and interesting to see that.

But wow this story was amazing. The writing was so great, and the themes present were really well done. I think had this been around when I was younger I would have loved it as well.

But the war that Ada must win is a tough one, and I loved how Ada had to go through some tough times to finally win it. It really helped Ada come out a stronger girl for it, and really defined the true meaning of family.

This novel was just beautifully told, and I commend the author for really bringing such an interesting character to life, and I cannot wait to see what this author has to bring to the table next. Highly recommend this novel for everyone, as it is a beautifully important novel.

Let me know in the comments your thoughts and if you’ve read this book or the previous one, and I’ll see you all in my next post!

Weekend Reads TBR

Hey everyone! It’s time for another Weekend Reads TBR! I have three books I plan to get to this weekend, and one book I want to hopefully get to if I have time to read it. If not it’ll go to my Weekly Reads TBR

The first book I want to read it Alone by Cyn Balog! I’ve never read a book by her but it sounds really interesting so I plan on getting to it! I actually never see any of her books around, but I requested this book off Netgalley so I’m happy to check it out!

Summary: When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda’s almost excited to spend the summer there. The grounds are beautiful and it’s fun to explore the sprawling house with its creepy rooms and secret passages. Except now her mom wants to renovate, rather than sell the estate—which means they’re not going back to the city…or Seda’s friends and school. 

As the days grow shorter, Seda is filled with dread. They’re about to be cut off from the outside world, and she’s not sure she can handle the solitude or the darkness it brings out in her.

Then a group of teens get stranded near the mansion during a blizzard. Seda has no choice but to offer them shelter, even though she knows danger lurks in the dilapidated mansion—and in herself. And as the snow continues to fall, what Seda fears most is about to become her reality…

The next book is The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz. I have heard really good things about this book and it sounds really interesting! I love this cover too! I also got this off Netgalley so I decided to try and check it out!

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. 

Next is Seize Today by Pintup Dunn. This is the third book in the companion series. I hope this one is good because I wasn’t a big fan of the first two books. I’m part of the blog tour for this book so check back for a review and post about this book soon!

Summary: Seventeen-year-old precognitive Olivia Dresden is an optimist. Since different versions of people’s futures flicker before her eyes, she doesn’t have to believe in human decency. She can literally see the path to goodness in each person—if only he or she would make the right decision. No one is more conflicted than her mother, Chairwoman Dresden, and Olivia is fiercely loyal to the woman her mother could be. 

But when the Chairwoman captures Ryder Russell, a boy from the rebel Underground, Olivia is forced to reevaluate her notions of love and faith. With Ryder’s help, Olivia must come to terms with who her mother is in the present—and stop her before she destroys the world.

The book I hope to get to if I finish these books first is Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman. I read the first book recently, my review is here: Vengeance Road.

I liked the first book, and I think this is a companion novel to Vengeance Road so I hope I like it. To be honest I sometimes don’t always like companion novels because I get too attached to the first characters.

Summary: When Reece Murphy is forcibly dragged into the Rose Riders gang because of a mysterious gold coin in his possession, he vows to find the man who gave him the piece and turn him over to the gang in exchange for freedom. Never does he expect a lead to come from an aspiring female journalist. But when Reece’s path crosses with Charlotte Vaughn after a botched train robbery and she mentions a promising rumor about a gunslinger from Prescott, it becomes apparent that she will be his ticket to freedom—or a noose. As the two manipulate each other for their own ends, past secrets are unearthed, reviving a decade-old quest for revenge that may be impossible to settle.

This is my TBR for this weekend! What do you hope to read this weekend???

The Remnant

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The Remnant by William Michael Davidson

Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press

Published: February 7th 2017

Rating: 3/5

Summary: Colton Pierce apprehends Abberants–those who display symptoms of faith–and quarantines them on a remote island to ensure public safety. Years prior, the government released a genetically-engineered super flu that destroyed the genes believed to be the biological source of spiritual experience in an effort to rid the world of terrorism. As an extractor with the Center for Theological Control, Colton is dedicated to the cause.

But Colton’s steadfast commitment is challenged when he learns his own son has been targeted for extraction. An underground militia, the Remnant, agrees to help Colton save his son in exchange for his assistance with their plan to free the Aberrants on the island.

Colton is faced with the most important decision of his life. Remain faithful to the CTC? Or give up everything to save his son?

I received this copy in exchange for an honest review.

I liked the concept and the execution of this story. It at first seemed like a bit farfetched but with what’s going on in society today it’s almost scary how it seems like something like this could happen. I wasn’t super blown away by the story, but I did like it overall and thought it was a solid book. I did like the way the author went about talking about religion. It was present, but at the same time didn’t overpower the story and feel preachy. I respected that, because even though I am baptized, I don’t really enjoy when books feel the need to get preachy about religion.

The setting was interesting too. It was futuristic but also not too futuristic. It was an easy setting to picture and follow along with. It wasn’t something that I felt was so far out there that it most likely was impossible.

The main character was not really a good guy, it was hard to like him at first because he really was a horrible single father to his son. I didn’t like him at first, but I really did kind of feel bad for him. He had basically no skills in parenting for his son. But I did like that he started to become a decent person after he needs to rescue his son when the son finds comfort in beliefs that were outlawed.

I think there could have been better depth to the character though, I felt that he didn’t really have much thought on himself and how he could forgive himself for all that he’s done to hurt other people. I also think it was too fast for him to be accepted into the group. That suddenly he was accepted and it didn’t make much sense to me. I felt that was a bit rushed.

But overall I feel like it was a good story and I liked the writing and felt that the plot was well done! If you’re a fan of sci-fi I think you’d really enjoy this book!

Let me know in the comments your thoughts and I’ll see you in my next post!

Faery Sight

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Faery Sight by Patricia Bossano

Publisher: iUniverse

Published: March 26th, 2009

Rating: 2.75/5

Summary: The realm of faery is breached and for the first time, Celeste comes face to face with a human. He strikes her as an extraordinary specimen and although they have yet to speak, her heart is racing. But Paloma, Celeste’s mother, is on her deathbed and before she breathes her last, the gruesome circumstances of Celeste’s birth are revealed, thus establishing the reasons why Celeste must leave the realm – her home. Grieving for her mother and dreading her inevitable entry into a world she knows is led by a woman bent on destroying her, Celeste yearns for one more glimpse of that handsome intruder.

Displeased with Celeste’s foolish longings, Nahia, Celeste’s birth sister, reminds her of a certain arrangement, also disclosed by Paloma, which means that when Celeste reenters the human world she views as contemptible, she will do so as the bride of a complete stranger.

Celeste has never been one to shirk or delay, but she won’t allow her romantic hopes to be dashed. She is compelled to fulfill the promise made to her dying mother, and she must satisfy Nahia, but above all, she must be free to give her heart to whomever she pleases.

Was sent a copy for review.

So I think I enjoyed this way less than the other two books. I just felt like this book was really predictable and I felt like I had an idea of what was going to happen next during almost all of the novel; and normally I can handle when a plot is reused by different authors, but this didn’t feel super unique to me and it just wasn’t interesting. Which sucks because I did enjoy reading the other books in this series and thought they were decently written, but I just didn’t get sucked into this book like I did the others.

I did like her fantasy elements of her novels, and I thought the world was very interesting, but I just felt the plot fell flat for me. But she does create cool characters to read about and from. I did like Celeste and her journey like I did the others, but at the same time, going back to what I mentioned above, it just fell flat for me.

I do have to applaud Bossano though, for being able to create really interesting and magical settings. Those are what I love most about fantasy novels, and her world is definitely a world to get lost in.

I wouldn’t be detoured from reading the other two books after this book. I did enjoy those better than this one, and I think you should really give it a chance and see how you like this fantasy world and the different characters.

Overall I’m sad this wasn’t up to my expectations, but overall the series is really good and filled with wonderful fantasy aspects that fantasy lovers will really enjoy! Highly recommend this series overall to my fellow fantasy fans and anyone who would find magical journeys and worlds interesting to them!