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.

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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!

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!

 

One Dark Throne

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One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

Publisher: HarperTeen

Published: September 19th, 2017

Rating: 5/5

Summary: The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.

I received this copy from Edlewisse for review!

Wow! I really loved this series so much! Every book so far has left me speechless and freaking out about what will happen next! So takes place almost right after the first book ends and continues on with the three queens in their own areas figuring out how they’re going to go about killing each other.

Arsinoe I really liked. I liked reading about her tying to figure out her powers, and reading about her friendship with Jules was so sweet. Jules really cares about her, and takes her safety seriously. It did get a bit annoying though when Jules would be told it’s not her fight because she’s not a queen, but she would rush in and get involved anyways. I mean at the same time it was sweet because it showed her dedication and her love of her friend. I did like that we got to see aspects of her testing her new powers, and learning along the way.

I hated Madrigal, she’s so annoying! And she’s cruel at times as well. She likes to rub certain things in everyone’s faces and gets mad when they don’t react the way she thought they would. Mainly with her condition later in the story.

Mirabella I think is my favorite sister still, mainly because her power is still so cool and powerful. Also her friendships with Elizabeth and Bree. I love their girl friendship, they weren’t fighting over any boys, they were supportive of each others and were there for each other. I was sad that things ended up the way they did for Mirabella, and I wish she would’ve gotten to speak to them before everything happened, because I feel like they would’ve been so helpful. I hope we get more of them in future books because they were some of my favorite characters.

Katharine is so so creepy. Something happened to her in the previous book because of someone she cared about, and it definitely changed her in this book. Mainly because of what happened, and you really weren’t given much of what happened until towards the ending. But wow she was so much stronger then before, which I liked in a weird way. But she was still scary. But I liked how she seemed to come into her own in this one. And we get her interacting with new characters slightly mentioned in the first book.

But I liked seeing a returning character, and his new storyline and what’s going on with him.

But gah the last couple chapters were so intense, and I can’t believe all that happened when it did because woah! I think this was definitely a bit more action packed than the first book, and I really loved that, and loved how things were going and ended. I am sad about a certain character dying but I hope that it leads to something big in the third book!

I’m so sad that the next book is months away because I really need to know what happens and I’m just so desperate for it!

If you really love fantasy novels I think you’ll really like this series and I highly suggest you pick it up and dive into it like I have! I love it so much and it’s one of my favorites from this year!

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

Three Dark Crowns

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Publisher: HarperTeen

Published: September 20th, 2016

Rating: 5/5

Summary: When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown. 

Sorry I haven’t been posting much! I’m really trying to do my best to get it together but I’ve been so busy lately with school! I’m really working hard on trying to get a lot of posts up!

Anyways…

So this book totally blew me away! I was kinda skeptical going into this book because I’ve heard that it really kind of drags at some parts, and I never felt that while reading this at all! I was hooked from page 1 and I really thought it had so many twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting!

You’re introduced to three young girls, who are queens in their territories and each has a specific power their area is known for. Katharine the poisoner, who is struggling to reach her potential, Arsinoe the naturalist, who’s powers haven’t come in yet, and then Mariabella, who is a very powerful elementatist.

When reading this, you really feel bad for Katharine, who is only looking for approval form her house, and is sadly disappointing them at every turn. She was such a sweet girl and I really liked her and her story line. Her relationship with Pietyr was so cute and gah I can’t spoil anything but that twist in her storyline just! Wow! I didn’t expect that at all. I thought I had figured out what the ulterior motive was, but man I was so so wrong! Now that I’m reading One Dark Throne I think I have something figured out but knowing my luck I’ll be all wrong! Again!

Arsinoe is another interesting character, mainly because she’s a naturalist who’s power hasn’t shown up yet.  You follow her and her struggle to get her power, and find alternative ways to get what she wants. I think I liked her least to be honest, because she was so impulsive, and so willing to do reckless things to show her worth or make herself look better. They always have a way of backfiring as well. Especially towards the end…that was bad…

And with Mirabella, I really did like her. She had a good heart and was trying her best to really get out of the situation. She might have made some bad choices, but in her defense, those choices were a bit out of her control and she didn’t know it would end up being that way. I know I’m being very vague, so definitely read it and you’ll see what I mean! But I really loved her power and I honestly think that power is something I would want to have if I had magic. She is definitely the strongest out of the sisters.

Also Joseph needs to get ahold of himself.

Honestly.

You’ll see what I mean when you all read it. I can’t with him.

But that ending! Wow oh wow! I honestly can’t wait to see how everything turns out in the series because the way it ended, things were going crazy with so many different twists and turns! This book was just a fun ride and I really liked it a lot! It’s my first Kendare Blake book and I definitely will be trying to check her books out more in the future!

Let me know in the comments your thoughts and if you’ve read this book and the sequel that just came out because I would love to know! Once I finish the sequel I’ll be posting a review for it as well!

Thanks for reading!

Warcross

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Warcross by Marie Lu

Publisher: Penguin Teen

Published: September 12th, 2017

Rating: 5/5

Summary: For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

So this is my first Marie Lu book and I really really loved it! I loved her writing, her settings, her characters, and I just loved this book as a whole! It was super good and so different to futuristic books that I’ve read over the years! The technology was so interesting and very well explained throughout the story, it was refreshing to not be confused over something, which is my fear with futuristic settings like this.

I loved Emika as a character! She was a tough girl, but had vulnerabilities that she kept closed off from people. I also liked that she was a hacker, and a really good hacker too. She didn’t really shy away from going into the Dark World to get what she needed, even if it wasn’t something she really wanted to do. She was a very capable girl during the games and I enjoyed reading about that from her, and how she proved herself for her team.

Hideo was also another interesting character in this story. He’s very elusive and you don’t get much out of him until he and Emika start talking more. It was cool reading more about him and his background.

I thought it was really great that Marie really put an emphasis on secondary characters, and it really brought up their importance to the plot. Emika’s team were super important to the storyline  and to Emika as well. Asher, Hammie, Ren, and Roshan were present a lot, and I felt invested in their well-being in the story. Another thing I appreciated was Marie’s treatment of Emika’s relationship with her father. Emika acknowledged her father’s faults, but she still really loved him anyways, and always remembered the good times they had together. That really shown through during a scene where Emika’s memory tapes of them together were missing, and it really hit her hard. As I am close to my father, I liked that Emika and I had our love for our fathers in common, and made her feel relatable in that aspect.

There were so many twists and turns in this story that I couldn’t put it down. I think that’s a favorite aspect of this book for me. So many things happened and were revealed that I didn’t expect. One thing happened, and I guessed it, but it went in a different direction than anticipated and my jaw freaking dropped! That’s always a fun reaction, so I think it really says something that Marie was able to get that reaction of out me and turn me around so much! It’s also the mystery aspect, since Emika is trying to help Hideo find someone, and you’re anxious trying to figure everything out!

Lastly I thought it relevant that Marie really put in the effort to add people from different cultures and countries in this book. All of the characters were from different countries in their teams, and it felt like no one was left unrepresented. Everyone in Emika’s team was from a different country as well, so the diversity was interesting! There was also LGBT+ aspects in the story, and I liked that Marie went and included unique and diverse people in her story.

Overall I really freaking enjoyed this book, and I’m super excited to continue on when the next book comes out, and I really need to read her previous novels since I feel like I’m the only one who hasn’t! I’ll keep you updated on that progress in the future!

Let me know in the comments your thoughts on the book and her previous books as well, as I would love to know! Also do I need to read the Legend trilogy before starting the Young Elites?? I’ve wondered that for a while!

 

Daughter of the Burning City


Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Published: July 25, 2017

Rating: 4.5/5

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.

So I really liked this book! The characters were unique, the setting was so interesting and new to me, and the writing was really good! Gomorrah was super cool to read about and was so unlike any other circus setting I’ve ever read before. I think that’s why I love reading circus books so much, because each author makes their own setting so much different from each other, and the characters are always unique people.

Sorina’s illusions that come to life are a good example. They are so different to each other and I thought it was so cool. She really treated them like family and it really loved their relationships throughout the story. I also loved the representation that was present in this novel. Sorina mentions how she’s interested in both genders, Luca isn’t interested in sex, and Nicoleta is interested in women. And I also liked that Sorina wasn’t this stunningly beautiful girl who thought of herself as ugly and plain who needed a man to assure herself of her beauty. She wasn’t a typical girl, and she only wanted someone who didn’t think of her as a freak. 

Overall Sorina was a really well developed character, and she had many good traits; but my main issue with her is that she was very easily swayed. She didn’t know what or who to listen to, so in the moment she would listen to her father figure or listen to Luca. It was like after one word from either of them she would be swayed to their side, then not know who to listen to. 

But I did enjoy reading about her relationship with her father figure. While he was busy, he always seemed to try and put aside time for her. Which is why it killed me in the end with all that went down. I didn’t expect that and wow! Talk about plot twist! 

Also Sorina and Luca were the bee’s knees! I loved them and their relationship. So cute! He’s also a really good character, I enjoyed his presence in the story. Plus his plot twist was intense! 

I think the one other complaint I had about this book was that the concept of Up-Mountainers and Down-Mountainers wasn’t explained very well. I would end up confused about who or what was what. I just think it could have been better explained so it wasn’t as confusing as it was. 

Overall I thought it was a solid story, was super interesting, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! Highly recommend this book and can’t wait to see what else Amanda puts out in the future! 
 

Girls Made of Snow and Glass

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Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Published: September 5th, 2017

Rating: 5/5

Summary: Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale

At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.

Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.

Happy Book Birthday to Girls Made of Snow and Glass!

Thank you to Netgalley for the eARC for review! And also to Goodreads and Flatiron books for the ARC I won in a Giveaway! 

I loved this book! Oh my gosh! Fantastic! I hated that I had work and school because I was so absorbed and obsessed and I just wanted to read all the time but I was always so busy!

But wow I loved this story so much. It was a wonderful retelling of Snow White with so many references to the story, but also it’s own twist and plotline. The wicked witch wasn’t wicked at all, and her relationship with Snow White was something I really thought was something special. It really was something I loved reading about, and my love for it grew so much as the story went on and towards the end. Lynet’s love and determination to help her stepmother was so important, and so special I couldn’t help but be in love with it. 

This story overall was super unique. I loved the magic system it had in it, and I thought it tied in with the plot line of Snow White so well! And I thought the characters were great, they were so 3-Dimensional in personality and characteristics. There was also some elements of LGBT+ -ness going on and it really appealed to me and was something that made the story so dynamic. 

Lynet was an amazing character! I loved her so much! She really grew up in this story and came into her own after being in her birth mother’s shadow. I loved how close she was with Mina, and how she really helped Mina see that she was deserving of love, and capable of loving others as well. Also her relationship with a Nadia was so so cute. I loved it so much! I was so there for it. 

Mina was so a really good character. She was so real and human, and I felt that her doubts and changed concerns really made her stand out. Also she was a really good Queen and I felt it was refreshing to see a capable woman really good her best and doing a good job. Also her and Felix was so adorable, and I loved what he brought out of her when she figured herself out.  

Overall this book was such a kick butt fantasy read for me. It had such girl power vibes that I was living for, and they made the story so much better I feel. It was a lot of the woman resolving their own issues and see that they had value as people, and were deserving of love and affection, and that they could be stronger together rather than apart. I think it showed a really good message for other woman and girls who read this. Cannot wait to see what else Melissa publishes because she definitely had a fan! 

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