Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love

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I am blown away.

This book is so incredible. I feel like I just went to the best amusement park and spent the day riding thrill ride after thrill ride. It is so refreshing to read a book that doesn’t involve magic or a sappy love story. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy those types of books sometimes but this book was so real on such a deep level.

Lola is the main character of this story and she is a strong and loveable lead. Lola is the shadow leader of a up and coming gang in her neighborhood. In other words, she doesn’t show the public that she is the leader and to most, she just appears to be the leader’s girlfriend. Her boyfriend, Garcia actually appears to be the boss but in reality the gang follows Lola’s orders because she has proven herself capable of taking care of them.

Lola’s story is one that grips you. It’s hard to believe the things she has gone through and still goes through. I found myself cheering her on and hoping she would triumph in the end.

I was sent a copy of this book by Librarything and am so gracious to them for sending it! However, my thoughts and opinions are still my own. I give this book a 5/5!

Warning: The book contains violence and mentions drugs and sex and abuse. It is definitely an adult book.

Heir of Illaria by Dyan Chick

 

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I just finished reading The Heir of Illaria by Dyan Chick and it was such a good read!

I really really loved the main character, Winona. I thought she was such a good character and enjoyed reading about her. When the first twist happens and we learn more about Wilona, the story really takes off. This happens fairly early on so it’s exciting because the story is great and interesting and action packed from the start.

Wilona’s character encounters other characters throughout the story. One of those is a female named Saffron. Saffron is a fun character as she protects Wilona and helps her adjust to the changes that take place in the story. There is also a character named Max who is leader of a group called the Ravens. They are a rebel group who oppose the color rent king and seek to dethrone him and put one of their own on the throne. It’s interesting how he so woven into the story.

I loved Dyan Chick’s style of writing. She really does a good job of keeping the reader entertained. I read this book pretty quickly and was fully invested in finding out what happened.

I feel like this book is hard to review without spoiling the story so I suggest that if you like YA fantasy, just dive in. It’s not too heavy on romance but there is a romantic side to it. There is action, a little mystery and magic in it. It is the first in a new series and is independently published so definitely worth a look. I am rating it a 4.5/5.

It was released January 23, 2017 and I received a copy of this book directly from the author, Dyan Chick. I will definitely be looking out for the sequel!

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

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Alright so I have finally finished this book and while I thought it was okay, it was hard to get through.

 

I liked the cover of the book. I also liked the style of Rin Chupeco’s writing and I really liked Tea, the main character. I felt like the story wasn’t bad but for some reason,  it was lacking and I just couldn’t get sucked in. I wanted to. I mean the blurb…wow.

It says:

Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him in the years since, it’s that the dead hide truths as well as the living.

What?! That made me want to just dive in and never come up for air. And it made me think that I would feel like I couldn’t get enough and devour the story in a sitting. But that did not happen. Not even close. I enjoyed the whole story behind the dark Asha and the daeva and the characters were fine too but certain things about the story irked me. One, the alternating time in the chapters. They appeared to be going back and forth in time from when Tea was training and then to when she was a full fledged bone witch. I don’t know about anyone else but it was a bit confusing for me. Then the huas. Oh my gosh. Chupeco felt the need to describe what each Asha was wearing with the most detail and it kind of took away from the story because of the emphasis on the clothes. I know the has have magic stitched into the fabric but I don’t know why I needed to hear every color and design for every single person wearing them. The whole part with Tea’s brother in the beginning was weird but I thought it was cool that he was arisen and would be her companion despite not being a living person. That was gnarly. Since she’s a necromancer basically, of course having an undead sidekick sounds cool. However, Fox wasn’t really badass like I hoped he would be. He was just ok. Most of the characters were just ok. I give the story a 3/5 and that is because the ending was actually interesting and the pace really picked up. I saw that alot of people dnf’d this book or just took forever to read it. It has been two weeks and this book was a thorn in my side and I’m just glad it’s over. To be honest, I’m confused because I feel like I didn’t like it but I did. Lol. I would be willing to read a sequel but I wouldn’t be at the edge of my seat for it. Great premise for a story but it was not well executed.

Thanks to NetGalley for allowing me the opportunity to read this review before it is released and for no charge. My opinions are my own though.

Stuck in a reading slump?

Getting out of a reading slump!

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So I’m really struggling this month with reading and feel like I’m not making much progress at all. In an effort to not only help myself but others as well, I thought I would make a blog post about this topic. Hopefully I will work my way out of my current situation.

1. Stop reading and start watching!

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Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, cable
Detach from reading completely and just put your time and energy into a tv show. I keep hearing this is good and I have done this in the past and it has helped me out. By focusing on a tv show.l, your mind gets a break and it’s kind of like coming up for air. After a season or two of a new favorite show, you can revisit reading and you should now be out of the book slump.

2. Read a book outside of your typical genre!

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You usually read YA? Read a contemporary or a historical fiction. Maybe a memoir? Browse books that you probably wouldn’t ever read. This can help because broadening your reading preference can not only help you out of your slump but can also open you up to new books.
3. Try a book with short stories!

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A short book can definitely help you out of a slump by giving you a short, sweet story to read in a short, sweet time period. 🙂 I know when I finish a book, it makes me feel really good.
4. drop the book you are reading and pick up something else!

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Just stop what you are reading. Put it down and pick something else. Simple huh? I know that by doing this you can just take a break from that book that has you in a slump and come back to it later. Or not.
5. close your eyes and randomly pick a new book from your tbr or bookshelf

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Picking a new book from your tbr or shelf is a great way to dig out of the slump. A brand new read can really get you out of it.

So that’s it guys. Hope I helped someone. Hope I helped myself because I’m currently in a slump which explains the lack of reviews lately.

Happy reading!

Today Is My Birthday!

 

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Today is my birthday and I am 31 now. Whoa. That is old. But that’s okay! I’m a kid at heart.

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So for my birthday I got a Kindle Paperwhite, a few funko, a cookie cake, and a new purse to match my wallet. 🙂

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Isn’t she beautiful?

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Yay for these three!

Today has been great! 😊

As always, Happy Reading! 📚

 

 

 

February wrap up and March TBR!

Ok, so I think I did well this month. I had fun reading and am glad that I finished majority of the TBR from February. I have two stragglers following me into March and I am a bit irritated that I couldn’t finish them but it was partly because I was reading one book that I didn’t like and I feel like I wasted time on it because I didn’t even finish it. So that part sucks but it was a different book than I typically go for and it just didn’t work out.

Anywho here are last month’s reads:

Clockwork Angel//Cassandra Clare

Cold Summer//Gwen Cole(arc)

Always//Sarah Jio(arc)

The Nearness of You//Amanda Eyre Ward(arc)

Lala Pettibone’s Act Two//Heidi Mastrogiovanni(arc)

The Bad Beginning//Lemony Snicket

So I read 6 books in February. I know it isn’t much compared to some book bloggers but I have a toddler and a tween and a husband and 4 dogs…and yeah I still find time to read. 😉 so anything is better than nothing. Some days I wonder how I find the time and others I know I have to make the time for my sanity. Lol

The book that I despised was The Travelers by Chris Pavone. If you need to know more, check out my review. ‘Neff said. No offense to the author at all. I am grateful that I had the chance to read because it shows me what I like and don’t like. I just feel like life’s too short to read books that you don’t like.

March TBR:

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti(arc)

The Inexplicable Logic of my life by Benjamin Aline Saenz

A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayer

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

See you In the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love(arc)

And drum roll please, Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull. A sequel series to the Fablehaven series. Ah! So excited!

And finishing up from last month, Into the Wild by Erin Hunter and The Bone Witch by Ring Chupeco.

Omg. Why do I do this? Lol.

I make a super long tbr that I have no hope of finishing because it hurts my heart not to. 😓

Anywho, what do you guys think? I’m super excited for these!

12 books. Suuuure. That’s happening. But a girl can dream can’t she?

And now I end this post because my toddler was given sherbert ice cream that she is now wearing. 😑

Happy Reading!

The Travelers by Chris Pavone

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I am going to be very honest. I have had this book for a bit now and honestly just didn’t get the urge to pick it up. This past month, I have made it a top goal of mine to read it and post the review but…….
I just can’t finish it.
I don’t think it’s so much the book as it is that it’s just not my type of book. I don’t read thrillers/suspense books and am mostly just into Young Adult novels. I got about halfway through before deciding to shelve it and move on. It was stressing me out seriously. No offense to the author as I really want to try a different boom of his and have already got The Accident.
My main issue with the book is that it was hard for me to follow as it switches characters and locations for each chapter. I really didn’t like the main character or any of them really except for Elle. I really think this was just a case of this book not being up my alley.
Since most of my review seems negative, I want to end with a few positives. I am curious about Chloe and Will’s marriage and how things will end up for them. I also would like to see Alison find herself because she needs to. I enjoyed parts of the book especially when the action reaches its peak.

I give this book a 2.5 star rating. It was rough. I just cant get into it and if I am being honest, I cant give it a higher score.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Lala Pettibone’s Act Two by Heidi Mastrogiovanni

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My latest read was Lala Pettibone’s Act Two by Heidi Mastrogiovanni. I expected to be in for a fun, light hearted read and got exactly what I was after.

For starters, Lala Pettibone is a 40 something who is seeking her second coming. The title of the book depicts this as her “Act Two” which is meant to be the second part of her “play” in life. It give off very “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” vibes. She is looking for love and a happy life. While successful in her career, she has been a widow for some time and is looking to put an end to serial dating and a beginning on a new relationship. Lala is such a loveable characters and I just loved her antics. She is quite the character. I also loved that she loved animals and wanted to help them. She has a big heart and it showed.

The cover of the book was meh to me and I kept wondering why the author would choose this for her cover. However now that I have finished the book, I realize all of the bits and pieces of Lala’s story are represented on the cover. I now really like the cover.

If you are searching for a quick, light read with humor, some romance, and a fun loving main character, you should pick this up. This book is Mastrogiovanni debut novel and while not perfect, it was enjoyable. I give this book a 3.5/5 stars. I would read a followup book to this if released to see what became of the characters so I must have liked it some.

I received this as an ARC.
Thanks to NetGalley and Amberjack Publishing for sending it to me.
This book is set to release February 21st, 2017.

Quick February TBR update!

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So 15 days in and I have made some progress. Here’s a reminder of what I my goal was and what books I wanted to read.

Clockwork Angel//Cassandra Clare

Cold Summer//Gwen Cole(arc)

Always//Sarah Jio(arc)

Into the Wild (Warriors #1)//Erin Hunter

The Travelers//Chris Pavone (arc)

The Nearness of You//Amanda Eyre Ward(arc)

The Bone Witch//Ring Chupeco(arc)

Lala Pettibone’s Act Two//Heidi Mastrogiovanni(arc)

The Bad Beginning//Lemony Snicket

5/9 books read so far. 4 to go! I’m currently reading Clockwork Angel and The Travelers then I will get to Into the Wild and Bone Witch.

Have any of you read any of these? I keep hearing mixed things about Bone Witch. It is set to release March 7 so I want to read it before then but I’m kind of worried that it won’t be all I’m hoping for. Ah!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading!