Night Diary Blog Tour

The Night Diary

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

Publisher: Dial

Published: March 6th 2018


Summary: It’s 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries: Pakistan and India. The divide has created much tension between Hindus and Muslims, and hundreds of thousands are killed crossing borders.

Half-Muslim, half-Hindu twelve-year-old Nisha doesn’t know where she belongs, or what her country is anymore. When Papa decides it’s too dangerous to stay in what is now Pakistan, Nisha and her family become refugees and embark first by train but later on foot to reach her new home. The journey is long, difficult, and dangerous, and after losing her mother as a baby, Nisha can’t imagine losing her homeland, too. But even if her country has been ripped apart, Nisha still believes in the possibility of putting herself back together.

Wow. This was a very good book. And so sad and powerful. It amazed me how invested I was in the lives of these characters and their struggles and what they were going through. I never have been through something like they have but this gave you a very real look into the fear and the trauma that was going on at the time.

I really enjoyed the diary form of this novel. It really seemed to go with what the author was trying to show the reader. It was very effective!

I also enjoyed the characters. I thought Nisha was so cute and sweet. I felt so protective of her during this novel, because she was so young going through such horrible things. And her feelings about not speaking at the end broke my heart. I got so mad when her brother and father would tell her they would be better off not speaking. That broke my heart and it was so powerful after that reading about her feelings of self-worth and that she felt that they were right that she was better off not talking.

But I loved her love for her brother and her family. She might not have been close to her father most of the novel but she did love him and was always wanting him to be safe. Her love for her grandmother was sweet too. She was always mindful of her and wanted her to be safe. But I think it was her love and relationship with her brother that I loved the most in this novel. They were together all the time, and were concerned for each other; and they really knew each other. Amil knew when she was lying and what she was feeling without her even knowing herself.

Also her mother’s brother Rashid Uncle was so nice and I liked seeing them interact, especially since he wasn’t able to talk. It was cute when he talked to Amil and Nisha about their mother, and how he opened up to them. I wish we had no closure on that front because they had to leave and he wasn’t introduced back into the story after that. I wanted to know more about if they got back in contact with him or not. I felt like that part was left unresolved.

But I am glad that storyline with Kizi was solved. That was my favorite character honestly. He was such a big brother to Nisha and Amil, but especially to Nisha. He was important to her and I was glad they got to see each other again. I was so sad when he stayed behind so I was glad he got his chance to see them again.

Overall this book was so powerful and important. I loved it a lot and I thought it was definitely a story that needed to be told. The writing was beautiful, the characters felt real, and the overall feel of the book was just fantastic. A solid novel that I recommend to everybody.

Definitely check it out.

About The Author: Veera Hiranandani earned her MFA in creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of The Whole Story of Half a Girl, which was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and a South Asian Book Award Finalist. A former book editor at Simon & Schuster, she now teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute and Writopia Lab.



Genesis Blog Tour

Nemesis Cover

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Published: March 21st 2017

Rating: 5-star-rating-clipart-1

Summary: He killed me. He killed me not. He killed me.

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.


Let me say that I was not expecting to love this book so much! And I did! It was fantastic! I loved it so much! It was something I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy as much as I did!

It had such a high level of mystery without being a mystery! Here you were trying to figure out why Min is being killed every two years on her birthday, and also trying to figure out what is going on! It was just fantastic!

I was hooked from page one and could not put it down and I felt that everything was revealed at a good pace! It wasn’t all revealed at once, it kept you wanting to find out more and you didn’t want to stop reading because you were so interested in finding out what was going on.

I loved Min as a character. I sometimes find characters in books similar to this a bit annoying, but she wasn’t. She was a really great character and I liked her need to find out what is going on in her life and town. She’s curious, and smart, and has a attitude and ability to care for people and others that were maybe not the kindest people to her.

Noah was a sweetheart and I adored him and felt so protective of him because of his anxiety and inability to really stick up for himself. I liked how he and Min were around each other during the hard times.

Tack was a handful. Oh my gosh he never knew when to keep his mouth shut. I thought it was funny how Min seemed to mother him a lot and would try to keep him in line.

That scene with Ethan and what he did to Tack killed me. Mainly it was Min’s reaction to what happened to him that made it hard for me; not in a bad way. I actually got a bit emotional when it happened. Because you could really see that Min cared for him, no matter how much he was a pain in the butt; she did care about him a lot. I enjoyed their friendship a lot, I feel like it was solid throughout the storyline and that was something I really felt helped Min during the struggles.

But this was such a fun ride!

There are so many things that happened that it’s hard to say without spoiling anything but oh man the secrets that were revealed towards the middle and the end were jaw dropping! They were insane! I couldn’t even believe what was happening and I was shocked!

This is probably one of my favorite books this year so far! It was amazing! So fast paced, action packed, intense, and full of awesome writing and awesome characters!


Genesis by Brendan Reichs

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Published: March 6th 2018

Rating: 4-stars

Summary: Noah Livingston knows he is destined to survive.

The 64 members of Fire Lake’s sophomore class are trapped in a place where morals have no meaning, and zero rules apply. But Noah’s deaths have trained him–hardened him–to lead the strongest into the future . . . whatever that may be. And at any cost.

Min Wilder knows that survival alone isn’t enough.

Trapped in a violent world where brute force passes for leadership, it’s tempting to lay back and let everyone else fight it out. But Min’s instincts rebel against allowing others to decide who lives and who dies. She’s ready to fight for what she believes in. And against whomever might stand in her way.

This was such an amazing sequel to Nemesis! I didn’t love it as much as the first, because I felt the the first had so much secrets going on and you were in a rush trying to find out what was going on and how everything mixed together.

In this book a lot of the secrets were revealed, and the students were trying to survive against everyone fighting.

But there was still a mystery surrounding a new development in the program and I felt so on edge seeing the developments play out and what Min and Tack, and Noah were handling it.

It was so weird seeing Noah become so unraveled in this book. I actually liked seeing it because it added so much complexity to his character. He tackled killing people head on and wow it was intense because he was so intense this time.

Tack was scary in this one actually. He pulled a Noah and was all about killing everyone and wow that scared me a bit.



I’m a mess.

But wow glad things were settled but damn that was intense.

Sarah I hated, but I also liked that she was so cunning and smart. She was all about the coding and such and was able to do everything the males in the class weren’t able to do; and Ethan was a nuisance. I hated him in book one and I still hated him in this book. He’s a jerk and a horrible person. But not as horrible as Toby. Damn that guy was horrible.

I cannot wait to read the third book because oh man it ended on a slight cliffhanger and I really want to find out what happens!

And while there wasn’t a pressing need to find secrets out there were still secrets revealed that made my jaw drop. Like literally! I was at work and read most of the secrets part during my lunch break and I was freaking out! Legit!

I never expected what was revealed to be revealed and man that turned me around!

Overall I really enjoyed the two books in this series so far, and I felt that the stakes were raised so much higher in the second book, even though the first book was full of secrets and mysteries and such! This one raised the takes for the people involved and it was interesting to read and see the characters evolve as they were. Highly HIGHLY recommend this series to everyone! It was amazing and if you love high action books you will love the series!


Q&A with Brendan Reichs


Who has been the biggest inspiration for your writing??

Well OF COURSE I have to say my mother and distinguished co-author, Kathy Reichs, because I’m not crazy or a jerk. But seriously, working together on my first series, Virals, really helped me hone who I wanted to be as a writer and discover what things I wanted to write about. I’m eternally grateful for her editorial help. I’ve come a long way since then, but that was my first job and it will always have a special place in my heart. 

  • Are you a power writer and just sit and write all day long or do you go and come back to your writing randomly during the day?

I need uninterrupted blocks of about four hours at a time to get original drafting done. I believe in the importance of deep concentration, so I can’t nibble around the edges of a writing session. I want that period blocked off with no distractions. Oddly, I can revise in shorter bursts, because I’m only living within the individual sentences and paragraphs, and not creating whole scenes. 

  • Bouncing off that question: do you write what comes to you or do you have a detailed outline of what you want to write?

I always have a detailed outline of every chapter in the book before I begin. I need to know where I’m going, while I’m writing, or I tend to waste time and wander too far afield. That’s not to say the story won’t change while it’s in progress—it certainly will, and many, many times—but I need a framework in place. I always know the ending of a story before I write the beginning. 

  • What’s the easiest and the hardest thing about writing and being an author? 

Setting a writing schedule and sticking to it is the answer to both questions. As a full time writer, I’m usually blessed with the ability to arrange my days most any way I want, which is wonderful in terms of being able to write when you’re in your sweet spots, but it’s also seductively easy to put things off and create problems down the road. Writers have to treat their work as a real job, with office hours, because there’s so much fluff outside of creating a book that comes with the gig. That can be difficult. But at least I rarely have to get up early! 

  • What drew you do this genre of writing? Did you always see yourself getting into the genre?

I didn’t know what I wanted to write at first, and I’m honestly a little surprised this is what I ended up doing. But I love my colleagues and fans in young adult, and feel like it’s my home. I like writing stories about young people experiencing things for the first time, and I think that’s all that defines “young adult.” I certainly plan to try other things. I have a middle-grade series launching in October called The Darkdeep, which I’m co-authoring with the great Ally Condie and really excited about. So I look forward to exploring many genres. 

  • Did you always want to be a writer? If not what drove you into this career path?

I started out as a lawyer. I do not recommend it.

  • When you were younger was there a book that really spoke to you, and showed you the power of words? 

My favorite book growing up was The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams. In 1990, I was an uncool, unsure twelve-year-old. I wasn’t a social outcast or anything dramatic, but I was far from what anyone would call popular. During that summer I read this book, and it changed things for me somehow. The story is about a boy named Simon, near my age at the time, who gets caught up in a rivalry between two princes and must face an evil that threatens his entire world. The book blew me away me with its size and scale. I’ve been a hooked reader ever since.

  • What’s the weirdest thing you’ve had to research while writing?

How to dissolve a body efficiently so that it’s completely gone. (Answer: quicklime, but be sure to buy it with cash, a state away and separate from everything else, and have a real need for it already established, like a garden project. Then you should be good.)

  • Do you think any aspect of your childhood has influenced your book? 

Isolation. As a kid I felt psychologically distanced from my peers a lot growing up, and I think Noah in Nemesis and Genesis feels the same. I relate to him a lot, and his struggles to act normal even though he essentially is normal. He’s hyper self-aware, like me, and that’s not always—or even mostly—good.  

  • What’s something you would like to tell your younger self if you had the chance?

The things that aren’t cool right now are the things that become incredibly cool later in life. Stick to your guns. (And don’t shave your head, you look ridiculous like that.)

  • Do you have any tips for people who might be interested in pursuing writing as a career?

Write write write. Practice gets you closer to perfect. Writing is more skill than art. Anyone can do it well if they apply themselves, but the ones that succeed do so because they never give up and run through brick walls of rejection to get there. Stay hungry. 

  • How has it been writing a sequel? Is it harder than writing the first book or easier? 

Genesis was easier to write than Nemesis because it’s actually more closely related to my original inspiration. I thought of this book idea while watching Highlander—a terrible ‘80s action movie—and began plotting it out, but I quickly realized it was two books instead of one. Nemesis was everything crazy that had to come before Genesis, the core my original inspiration. I loved writing both books and hope my fans enjoy this next chapter. 

  • Bouncing off that idea, did you find that you had a clear path the sequel was going, and found you had diverted from it at all? 

It was a very clear path. These books go together. There will be a third Project Nemesis book as well, but these two are essentially bookends in my mind, although each can be enjoyed separately. 

  • How do you think Noah and Min differ in Genesis than in Nemesis? 

In Nemesis, Noah is barely holding it together in the face of awful things that have happened to him throughout his life. He follows Min’s lead because he trusts her instincts more than his own. But something happens to change him, and Noah begins Genesis in a much darker emotional place. He thinks he must act in a certain savage manner to satisfy the Program. His struggle to be something that he’s not is central to the book. Min, meanwhile, stays grounded in her moralistic beliefs, but has to reconcile them to an environment where they might not apply. Their emotional arcs are twisty and complicated, and deepen the themes of the book. What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be alive? I think Genesis is my best and most collocated book to date, and I really hope fans of the series agree!


And that is my Genesis blog tour post! Let me know your thoughts on this series and if you’ve read it! I would love to know!

Saint Anything


Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Publisher: Viking

Published: May 5th, 2015

Rating: 5-star-rating-clipart-1

Summary: Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

The uber-popular Sarah Dessen explores her signature themes of family, self-discovery, and change in her twelfth novel, sure to delight her legions of fans.

So it has been a while since I had read a Sarah Dessen book. For a while I just wasn’t interested because out of the ones I read years ago I was only interested in like three of them. But I heard that she released this one and that it was receiving really good reviews so I decided to randomly check it out from Libby. I am so happy that I did.

It was amazing.

Really amazing.

I loved this book so much, and it really hit me in the heart and I just loved this novel so so much.

I could really relate to this character, she was very much a good girl with strict parents. So seeing her being a good girl and struggling to be independent was something I could relate to. I just liked seeing inside her mind, following her through everything that was going on, and the suffering she felt feeling like she didn’t matter as much to her parents as her brother.

I think that’s why I would grow frustrated with her parents. Mainly her father. He never spoke up about anything during the book. He would feel bad for Sydney, but he would never step up and say something to defend her from her mother. But you could tell he wanted to. That’s also why I got frustrated with him as well. You could tell that he wanted to, but never wanted to rock the boat. I just wanted to shake him and be like” SAY SOMETHING!”. It broke my heart when Sydney would see that and it would hurt her.

But I loved Mac and his family. His friendship with Sydney and their relationship during the novel was so sweet. Once they started, nothing really broke them apart. No drama or anything. Mac was there for her during all her hard times and I thought that was so cute and I loved seeing that in this book. There’s always something that seemed to break the main couple apart in most novels, but not in this one! It was a good, solid, supportive relationship. But it was amazing how Mac, his family, and Sydney rallied around the Chatham mother who has MS. They were there for her, and it never came across that it was a burden to take care of her, and her relationship with Sydney was so sweet as well. She was there for Sydney, and helped her discover a better relationship with her family.

Also her friendship with Layla was so cute! They were really good friends and while they had problems like normal friends did, in the end they stuck together and helped each other out.

Also Ames was horrible, I hated him and his meddling ways. Plus he’s a douche. I was glad Sydney’s parents finally saw through him and his dirty tricks.

But overall Sarah Dessen brought forth a story that really looks at life, family drama and dynamics, tragedy, and personal development and growth. Sydney grew as a person, and learned to overcome  the hard times, both on her own and with help from family and friends.

I really recommend this book, both for former and current fans of Sarah Dessen, or people who have never read her books before. I really suggest reading this one. You really will love it. It’s a novel that I think many people can relate to, and you will get something out of this book for sure.

For people who never feel seen, you’ll definitely relate to Sydney, and know that while you might feel that way, you’re seen, and matter.

Let me know your thoughts on this book and if you’ve read it! I would love to know and discuss it!

All the Light We Cannot See


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Published: May 6th, 2014

Publisher: Scribner

Rating: 3-stars

Summary: From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

So I read this book and I honestly felt that it would be super amazing and life changing. I had really high expectations and ultimately was let down. I mean it was really interesting and such, but sadly I just didn’t think it was amazing.

There were a lot of random scenes and such and the time line would jump around and such. I was so confused for a lot of it and I couldn’t at times keep up with what was going on and how everything was so jumbled. It was like we’d be in one place, then another; then also like in the past and then the future. I didn’t know what and where certain things were happening and I was just so confused.

There was one scene where an explosion happened and such and Marie-Laure was in it, and it looked like Marie-Laure and Werner were I’m assuming close to meeting, and then they didn’t or something. She like heard something and I assumed it was him. But I have no idea…

Also there was the impression that they would meet and everything would change for them and such. I assumed that when they would meet, it would be earlier in the book; and they didn’t! I was like 80% through when they did meet, and it was only for like 50 pages or something. And I’m like what????! Why!?

They stayed together for a bit and then separated and such and that was that.

I was kinda disappointed.

Because the summary said they interweave and I assumed that because of that they would meet sooner and be around each other longer.

I built up for this all through the book and it didn’t really happen.

I was let down.

But I mean it was super interesting reading about Marie-Laure and Werner and their different lives. Marie-Laure is blind so I liked reading about her journey and her struggles dealing with the war being blind. It was amazing how efficient she was and how she was able to survive and wasn’t just leaning on everybody, but was able to take care of herself and such! She was so strong and I liked seeing her take charge and do her best to help where she could.

And Werner was very complicated and interesting. He was super smart and it was amazing reading about him doing all this science stuff at such a young age, and he was so torn after a while being in the Hitler Youth; it was interesting reading about his progression that he was going to be providing for his sister, and also doing what he was told was good for his country; to this part of him that hated what he was doing.

This story was beautifully told, and I wish I had liked it more. I appreciated the story and the characters and the struggles they went through during the war; I just think at some points I was let down by this novel. I do get the overall theme that seems to be about how while these two characters are so different and so far apart, they somehow connect and seem to influence each other. I think that because I built that up for so long I just ended up being let down. But I am so glad I read this book. I really think it was something everyone should read. While some people might not enjoy it, I think it is something that everyone would benefit from reading.

I also loved Marie-Laure’s relationship not only with her father, but with her uncle. It was great reading about positive relationships with parents or parental figures. Her father created a small miniature of their home, in order to help her learn her town and navigate better. And she also learned the way around her uncle’s town as well. And I loved that her father went out of his way to do that for her and that he was there for her. And her uncle really cared about her, and I thought it was sweet how eventually they warmed up to each other and her uncle became her father figure later and I thought that was so sweet and I loved them. Also I admired how her uncle overcame his PTSD and severe anxiety about going outside and leaving his house, and how his concern for her at one point drove him to leave his house.

I just think her uncle was a great character and I liked that while it was hard for him to strike up a relationship with other people because of his trauma, they eventually had a sweet father/daughter type relationship.

Also Werner and Fredrick’s friendship was fun as well. I really appreciate boy/boy and girl/girl friendships where they are actually good friends and don’t have petty fights and such. I was sad at how things ended on that end, but overall they had a really good friendship at times and I enjoyed reading about it.

Again overall there are a lot of things I appreciated about this book and enjoyed; but sadly there were a few things that I didn’t and they dropped my rating down a bit sadly. But again it is something that I think a lot of people need to read because it’s something that I feel a lot of people would like.

Let me know if you’ve read this book and your thoughts as well! I heard a lot of talk about this book a while back but I haven’t heard much recently so let me know!

The Rogue Queen


The Rogue Queen by Emily R King

Publisher: Skyspace

Published: February 13, 2018

Rating: 5-star-rating-clipart-1

Summary: Despite the odds, Kalinda has survived it all: Marriage to a tyrant. Tournaments to the death. The forbidden power to rule fire. The icy touch of a demon.

That same demon now disguises itself as Rajah Tarek, Kalinda’s late husband and a man who has never stopped haunting her. Upon taking control of the palace and the army, the demon brands Kalinda and her companions as traitors to the empire. They flee across the sea, seeking haven in the Southern Isles.

In Lestari, Kalinda’s powers are not condemned, as they are in her land. Now free to use them to protect those she loves, Kalinda soon realizes that the demon has tainted her with a cold poison, rendering her fire uncontrollable. But the lack of control may be just what she needs to send the demon back to the darkest depths of the Void.

To take back the empire, Kalinda will ally with those she distrusts—and risk losing those most loyal to her—to defeat the demon and bring peace to a divided nation.

I honestly think that this book is my favorite book in this series. It was so action packed and left me shook! I just can’t wait until the last book comes out! It’s going to be amazing!

Especially since it’ll be picking up where this ended and wow I can’t wait to see where it goes. I just want to cry!

It broke my heart!!!!!

Literally cried a minute after it ended because wow I was shook!

I was in the parking lot at work and I was off and about to leave for work; but couldn’t leave until I finished the book! It was just so amazing! I highly recommend that you check this series out because you honestly won’t regret it! It is so great!

There’s so much beautiful culture; amazing, fast paced action; and a beautiful romance!

Kalinda was a great character, and she’s so strong! It killed me when she and Ashwin would get so close and I was like no!! Don’t do it! But other than that she was just adorable. I loved reading about her strength and how she was so willing to fight and do whatever was best for her kingdom. It was so sad reading about her heartbreak with Jaya and everything she’s had to deal with. I was sad that she had to put herself through so much during this long tale.

I just wanted her to get the chance to rest for a bit.

Because she sure needs it.

And when the twist happened with her and Ashwin and everything was revealed, I almost flipped out! My jaw freaking dropped! It was something I never saw coming! And I had read the second book and this didn’t even occur to me!

Great twist!

And Deven was a sweetheart. I love him so much.

He’s so loyal, so respectful, and honestly he’s the type of guy a lot of people don’t write about in stories.

He loved Kali and he is ready to step back and let her decide for herself what she wants and what she needs. I just like that he’s willing to put her needs first, and give her the chance to decide what she wants and needs. He’s unwilling to make her choose who she wants, no matter how much it hurts him.

He’s the love of my life.

And I really enjoyed the characters that were introduced, and were expanded in this book. Pons and Indah were my favorites. Indah loyal to Kali and Pons, and Pons loyal to her. And just everyone else was so interesting, and well rounded. I liked them a lot and I thought it was great that we saw more people and more about them.

Overall this series is amazing, and I’m so not ready for it to be over in the last book. The characters are great, the plot is interesting and fast paced, and the world is amazing and well thought out. I really do recommend this series, I honestly think that you’ll love it like I have!

Let me know below your thoughts and if you’ve read this series before as I would really like to know!




Six of Crows


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Published: September 29th, 2015

Rating: 5-star-rating-clipart-1

Summary: Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

So I’m really sad that I haven’t read this before now. Like really sad. Because it was so good!!! Like really good!!

I loved it!

I haven’t read a Leigh Bardugo book yet and it makes me sad that I haven’t, so I am for sure going to dive into her work as soon as I can!

Because wow!


Fast paced!


Fantastic characters!

I wonder really what and who the Grisha Trilogy follows if this duology follows these six characters! I have heard many different things about the trilogy and what it follows but I guess I will have to try it out myself and just read it.

It was just like so good! I could not believe how much I adored this book! I got so into the book and the characters; and the plot line! I would like talk out loud and then I would get like angry when the characters were being dumb in my opinion and then I would freak out during an intense scene and such! That’s part of why I love listening to audiobooks, I tend to get more animated and such. I do at times when reading a physical book but I do it more with audiobooks. It helps me get through my stress and such while reading!

I think I just liked that this was such an adventure and it really took you along with them. I really just dove into this world and I don’t even know but I felt that this book was like…coming to life. It’s great when a book really gets to you and sucks you into it’s world and it really just brings you on this great adventure with it’s characters.

I don’t think that I’ve ever read a book about a heist like this, and from beginning to end it’s super fast paced.

If you haven’t read this book I suggest listening to the audiobook. The many characters have different voices, and they’re all very distinct and different from each other. And I think it added to my experience reading it. My favorite voice has to be Kaz. His voice was so deep and just sexy…I swear it was. I got chills the first time I heard it and not in a bad way!

He should read everything to me all the time!

Inej was also a favorite character for me. Her and Kaz= OTP

But also because Inej was such a unique character. She was the wraith! I just loved her character and how she was a trapeze artist and how well she used that for her advantage. And how deadly she was. I adored that. I have a girl crush on her I think! She’s amazing!

Nina was just annoying to me most of the book but I loved the book so much I was able to overlook her. And also with Matthias. He’s also a bit annoying but I like reading about him because he’s so complicated. His and Nina’s story were the most interesting to me because they were so complicated and had so much history. I wonder if she’s in the Grisha Trilogy because from what I read about her history I think she might be. I guess I’ll know when I read it???

Also Wylan was adorable, but also annoying at times as well. But he got better and I ended up really adoring him.

Jesper was again great too and his character was cool. I do like what he brought to the table and this group!

I cannot wait to start Crooked Kingdom. It will be just as amazing as this one, maybe even better. I just think these characters are so diverse and unique and I haven’t read about anybody like them! And wow! I just want them to be happy and everything.

Overall if you’re looking for a great story with amazing characters, fantastic world building, great writing, and a fast paced read; you’ll be obsessed with this book! I highly recommend reading this! It is so worth the hype!

Let me know your thoughts and if you’ve read this book! I would really love to know! Let’s fangirl/boy about it!





Winter by Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Published: November 10, 2015

Rating: 5-star-rating-clipart-1

Summary: Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

And here we are with the last book in this series besides Stars Above and Fairest. This was a wild ride! Let me tell you! I got it off the Libby app and it was almost 24 hours! It honestly was! It took me a few days to listen to and wow I was so in love with this book! It was amazing! I really liked it so much! It was one of my favorite books ever this year. I didn’t think I would like it as much as I did.

We finally got to meet Princess Winter and read more about Jacin. A lot of people like them as a couple but I couldn’t really see them like that sadly. I mean in the future probably I would but in this book Winter is so messed up because of Lunar sickness and it really messed her up.And she just acts so much younger than her age, and I can’t see her being romantically together with Jacin like I can with Cinder and Kai, or Wolf and Scarlet. But the link with Snow White was super cute and I didn’t expect it at all.

Also Scarlet and Wolf were ultimate couple goals! I love them so much and I loved seeing their relationship as equals, and seeing how he defended her and their reunion was so sweet and cute. I loved it so much! Scarlet is just a tough little bean and I love how strong she was, and her relationship with Winter and how she protected her. But Wolf and Scarlet have been my favorite couple alongside Cinder and Kai the whole time so I loved that we saw more of them than we normally did.

Cinder and Kai as usual were so cute and I loved them together. I just couldn’t handle them and the angst and the longing were just gah! I died the whole time I read them and I just couldn’t. I could not! This book really made me remember how much I love them as a couple and my shipper heart was dying. DYINGGGGGG. I mean I was so invested in their relationship that I decided to jump into reading the Something Borrowed short story in Stars Above to see how everything played out because I was that desperate to read more about our favorite characters after Winter. And I died. Again. Overall I love them and their relationship because they go through so much to be together and they are that much stronger because of that.

And with Cress and Thorne I liked their relationship better in this book than in Cress. I mean they had some issues and I would freak out because they just kept dragging them on and little things would get in the way, but the ending with them just killed me because wow!! Poor Thorne! That’s all I am going to say. Also poor Cress, because wow that was intense and sad and I died a little when what happened happened. If you’ve read  the series you’ll know what I mean but I’m trying not to spoil that part because it really hits you when it happens. But wow. I liked how they grew though, they really grew and Cress discovered that while she’s not as brave as Cinder, she’s brave in a different way, and she has other things to offer to the cause and does her best to help when she can.

But I think my only issue with the book is that some parts dragged and I was like oh my gosh I get it just hurry up! It was mainly a lot of parts where there was so much descriptions, or a character would pause for a bit in some action and would have this long thought process and I would be like I don’t care….? But yeah. Overall this book was such a fun ride, and such an amazing ending to a series that was just so action packed. I loved this and I can’t believe it took me so long to get to it. Highly recommend that you check this out and see what you think because I know you won’t be disappointed. It takes you on the wildest ride that you won’t want to get out of!

Let me know down below, your thoughts on this book and the series! Have you read it?? Who is your favorite couple?? Mine is tied between Cinder and Kai, and Wolf and Scarlet! OTPs!


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

Published: February 21st, 2012

Rating: 4-stars

Summary: Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

So this book was actually really good and beautiful! It’s a beautiful story and I really think it definitely deserved to be told. I really didn’t think that I would like it as much as I did but I really did! It was interesting and the audiobook was really great! It was narrated by Lin Manuel Miranda and wow I thought he really made the story really come to life. He was great differentiating the different characters.

His voice as Dante was great!

But the story was so great, I loved the relationship with the parents in the families. Being from a family who is really close with each other, I appreciated reading it. It was so sweet and cute reading about Dante’s family and their interactions. They were a really happy loving family, and their acceptance, as well as Ari’s family’s acceptance as well, they showed the good side of families accepting LGBTQ aspects of a family.

I think that it was really amazing reading about how accepting they were, especially in their time period a while ago. I felt that it was great the author included it, because a lot of novels dealing with LGBTQ aspects in it deal with parents who aren’t horrible and against it all. That was the exact opposite of them and it was super refreshing for me to read that.

But Dante and his family were so funny, and they had a cute relationship and I loved it so much. It was so happy and really awesome and I loved that it was all like really great and they were such a great dynamic.

Ari and his family were also really great too read about. Ari’s relationship with his father was interesting because his father had some issues with PTSD from the war, and it put a slight strain in their relationship, but I loved reading about how they overcame that and really got close. They had a really healthy father and son relationship and I loved it. His mother was really great as well.

But also the relationship with Ari and Dante was amazing, they had such a great friendship, and they really would do anything for each other. Especially Ari because he went through a whole bunch of stuff to prove his friendship for Dante.

I think the only thing that made me lower this down to a 4 out of 5 stars, is because I felt that the plot wasn’t really going anywhere for most of this book. I think that was the point of this whole book in a way because it really flowed well. But yeah I felt like there was not much going on. It was mainly about the boys during the school year and such, and there was no real plot driving the story forward. But while at times I liked it, I just felt like I was listening to a rendition of someone’s school time.

Overall I liked this book and I am really excited to read his other one that came out last year! I hope they have the second book on audiobook sometime soon because I want to read it soon! But the author is just great at creating unique characters, who really go through development and growth in such a short book. It’s definitely a good diverse read that you really need to check out. I did love the Hispanic aspects, seeing my culture in this beautiful novel.

Let me know your thoughts on this book and if you’ve read it! I would really like to know!



Banished by Betsy Schow

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Published: February 6th, 2018

Rating: 2-stars

Summary: While lying in the hospital in a place called Kansas, Princess Dorthea of Emerald struggles to regain her memory of the events that propelled her out of the land of Story—and to remember how to get home.

Meanwhile, in Story, Rexi, with the help of Excalibur, continues to gain confidence in writing her own tale as she fights to save the land from the Wicked Witch. But as is always the case with evil villains, she is not to be underestimated. Can Dorthea and Rexi save their home while protecting the prince they both love from getting caught in the crossfire?

So…I sadly didn’t like this book.

At first it was like oh I just don’t know this book series and characters because I didn’t read the others before this one. And I was super confused for all this book because a lot of it that was going on I had no idea about.

But then I realized that I just didn’t like the writing at all. It felt really childish and I was just not liking it at all. And I would get super confused by the time line and there wasn’t a clear jump between each. I would be like oh we jumped! And I just felt the writing didn’t make it for me.

There’s honestly not much I can say about this, I listened to it on audiobook and it was okay. The narrator was great and all and told the story really well. So I enjoyed this audiobook but sadly it didn’t do anything to my enjoyment of this story.

I think it’s just that this story wasn’t for me. I normally like fairy tale retellings and so it’s sad that this one didn’t live up to the others that I have read.

It also really played with a memory loss trope and it just wasn’t well done. I also noticed that a lot of retellings use this trope and this one as mentioned wasn’t well done.

Also the characters were a bit flat for me. And I couldn’t follow along with them and their different plots very well. And some of the different storylines just seemed silly. But also the character to me weren’t interesting at all.

I don’t know…

But overall I didn’t like this book, but I liked the audiobook, and sadly I won’t be going back to read the two previous books and rereading this book to see if I can figure this all out. I just don’t think this series is for me, and sadly I’ve had better retellings. Mainly the Lunar Chronicles and Dorothy Must Die.

I’m sorry this is so short, I just don’t have a lot of good things to say about this book, and this book was just boring to me. I was kind of reading it to finish it, rather than reading it to really try enjoying it. I hate when that happens to me, because I tried really hard to like it and get some kind of enjoyment out of this book.

But yeah overall I recommend it if you’re interested in retellings, just because I didn’t like it doesn’t mean you won’t like it! Let me know your thoughts on this and if you did read it and what your verdict was as I would love to know!



Cress by Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Published: Februrary 4, 2014

Rating: 5-star-rating-clipart-1

Summary: In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

So it’s been like 2 years since I read Scarlet and I decided to check this audiobook out from my Libby app and listened to it. It was really interesting and I really liked it! I forgot how much I missed this book and the characters.

In this book we got to meet Cress and I honestly liked her enough but she wasn’t my favorite. I just didn’t like how she was portrayed as being so weak because she was isolated from the world. I just didn’t like how annoying she was because of how panicky and emotional she got over everything. But I did like how much she added to the team. And her chemistry with Thorne, because he’s one of my favorite characters in this series. But Cress was so great with her computer skills and they honestly couldn’t have done much without her and she brought a lot to the table and I liked how they instantly included her in the story.

And of course Scarlet and Wolfe are tied as my favorite couple with Cinder and Kai. But oh my gosh Scarlet and Wolfe! I was sad that we didn’t see much into their relationship in this book but it was a great build up to what happens in the last book which I already read. Wolfe just made my heart break because of his love for Scarlet and what happened with them. Scarlet was her usual sassy self which made me love her so much.

And Kai and Cinder…ahhhh!!! I love them so much!! I really like them! Kai is just so cute being concerned all the time about Cinder and her safety. Love that he still cared about her no matter his confusion on her lunar status and his romantic feelings about her. And Cinder’s feelings for Kai just made me so happy.

And Iko was of course the life of the party! I liked her so much and I always think that she brings so much fun and humor to the story.

I still hate Levana.


I hate her!!!

She’s a horrible person and probably the most cruel villain I’ve ever read in a YA book before. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a more horrible person than her.

And Jacin was great too. You didn’t really read much about him but I liked what I read, even though he did do something shitty in the end. But his sarcastic tone was funny too. I liked getting to read more about him in Winter because it really showed his backstory and why he did the things that he did.

Overall I liked this story and I missed the world of this story and that I really fell into this world all over again. I’m obsessed with this world again and I’m so happy about it. Highly recommend that you check this out. Honestly the whole series is great but I felt that Cress and Winter were the better books in this. So much happened in both that it really pulls you in and takes you on such a big adventure.

Let me know your thoughts on this book and if you’ve read it! Who is your favorite couple in this series?? I’d love to know! Which book is your favorite in this series?? Mine would have to be Winter!