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Book Review: Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch-4 Stars

I really enjoyed Love & Gelato so I was excited to finally get around to reading Love & Luck! In this book, we follow Lina’s (from L&G) friend Addie around Ireland when she travels there for her aunt’s wedding. She has had her heart broken and suffered some embarrassment thanks to a boy, so when she finds an eccentric guidebook called Ireland for the Heartbroken, complete with homework she has to complete in various destinations all over Ireland, she decides to read the book and travel along on its journey through the country.

This book is definitely geared towards younger readers but I thought it was still a good read. I liked how readers got to experience various sights of Ireland along with Addie while she tried to mend her broken heart and the relationship with her brother. Love & Luck was quirky and fun to read.

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Book Review: Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout-4 Stars

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*Spoilers if you haven’t read Obsidian!*

 

FINALLY KATY AND DAEMON

Katy is still slightly annoying, Daemon is still very annoying, but the chemistry between them is explosive! It’s such a ridiculous, juvenile series but good grief I can’t help but be addicted!

After fighting the Arum, Katy is linked to Daemon and she has certain powers. The DOD is sniffing around town, and a new guy shows up that befriends Katy. There are a lot of shocking events and twists, as well as lots of romance! It’s fast paced and there is so much action happening which makes for a quick, easy read.

 

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Book Review: Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout-3 Stars

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When Katy moves to West Virginia and meets her neighbors, sweet, friendly Dee and her brother-hot, rude, arrogant, HOT Daemon, she had no clue she was becoming friends with aliens.

Daemon was super annoying as was Katy for putting up with his crap. Otherwise, I really liked Katy! She is a book blogger and loves reading, she’s sassy and loyal. After her dad died her mom wanted to move, so Katy is grateful for Dee’s friendship- after a fresh start she needs a friend. I hated Daemon but the paranormal romance aspect kept me reading!

There are a lot of similarities to Twilight but instead of vampires we have aliens. The premise of the Luxen and their history was interesting and I liked how Katy became involved in their little group. The sci-fi battle and action scenes were awesome!

I read this in just a few hours while the baby was sleeping. It was fun and a quick read. If you’re looking for something light to enjoy for a few hours give this a try!

 

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Book Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins-3 Stars

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Well, this was a letdown. I was really excited for this one but it was rather strange. I think it was supposed to be scary but it was more so just sadistically weird and rather gruesome, especially for a YA, so it seemed odd.

Makani has moved from Hawaii to small town Nebraska and is hiding a dark secret. High school students are individually being murdered in gruesome ways, and as the body count gets higher, Makani fears for what might happen if her past is found out.

It was pretty gruesome but it wasn’t a frightening thriller which is what I prefer, suspense and thrill over gore. I did like the relationships between Makani, Ollie, and her friends and the revelation of the killer was interesting but I felt the overall ending and book as a whole fell flat for me.

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Book Review: After the Game (The Field Party #3) by Abbi Glines-4 Stars

 

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The third book in The Field Party series tells tells Brady’s story. I’ve enjoyed this series as it’s set in a small town that’s centered around football which is exactly how I grew up so it resonates with me.

Two years ago Riley Young and her family were shunned from Lawton when Riley accused Rhett Lawton of rape. No one believed Riley, that a Lawton boy could do such a thing. Now Riley and her parents are back in Lawton to take care of her grandmother who has Alzheimer’s, along with Riley’s daughter, Bryony.

Brady Higgins, football star and all around southern gentleman, like everyone else in town, hates Riley for the “lie” she told about Rhett but after an unexpected car ride, he starts to doubt that Rhett is innocent. Riley and Brady start to spend more time together as she literally had no friends left. I loved how Brady didn’t care if he was seen with Riley-even though he was nervous at first due to how Gunner would react. In the previous books we get a glimpse of just how sweet Brady is, so it was great to have a whole book dedicated to him. Like any teenager he cares about what people thinks to an extent but deep down he has a great heart and is a romantic! Riley and the boys were all friends from a young age but this trauma obviously caused them all to drift apart.

I sort of had an issue with how Riley’s rape and her being shunned was just kind of glossed over. Brady believed her, but no one really seemed to understand the magnitude of what happened. Overall though I’m glad I got to read Riley and Brady’s story and I’m looking forward to the next book in this series!

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Book Review: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green- 4 Stars

Summary from Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. 

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

I’ve only read one other John Green book, The Fault in Our Stars, and absolutely loved his writing style and character development.

In Turtles, there’s two storylines going on- Aza and her illness, and the Russell Pickett situation. Aza has a severe mental disorder that runs her life. The way Green explained how Aza felt made MY anxiety levels rise! You truly feel like you’re in the character’s mind and dealing with her struggles. Green definitely captured Aza’s compulsions, paranoia, and inner struggles perfectly. While this book deals with some heavy issues, you’ll find yourself laughing as well.

I thought reading about Aza’s struggle with her illness, her relationship with her mom, and her friendship with Daisy was interesting and captivating, I didn’t think the other plot with Davis and his dad seemed to fit. It was just kind of tossed in. I would have liked to just see Aza and Davis reconnect and explore their frienship more, without the weird situation concerning his dad. Overall I really felt emotionally invested with this novel and the characters and would definitely recommend!

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Book Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer-4 Stars

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Before the villainous “off with their heads!” Queen of Hearts reigns, she was just a misunderstood girl who loved baking sweets. She didn’t desire royalty or marriage; she just wanted to have her very own bakery. But when foretold prophecies come true, we see a sweet girl become transformed into a merciless tyrant.

Cath loves baking delicious cakes, pies, and pastries. She want nothing more than to own her own bakery but her parents have other plans for her-to marry the boring, blubbering King of Hearts. At a party one night, Cath is surprised by Jest, the King’s handsome and fun jester who has yellow colored eyes and visits her window at night leaving trees and flowers in his wake.

The two begin a whirlwind relationship-visiting the Mad Hatter, narrowly avoiding the Jabberwocky, and discovering their fates from prophecies foretold by the Sisters. A magical, mysterious tale that gives insight to the sweet girl who is destined to become the ruthless ruler, the Queen of Hearts.

A must read for fans of Alice in Wonderland!

 

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Book Review: Broken Crowns (The Internment Chronicles, #3) by Lauren DeStefano-4 Stars

What do you do when both kings love their country, to the point of taking drastic measures such as MURDER to keep their home the way it’s always been? “Broken Crowns” picks up where “Burning Kingdoms” left off- Morgan and her friends who escaped to the ground are realizing the horrors of two combating kingdoms and everyone is trying to plan how to remedy the situation. I really didn’t care for the second book, and I didn’t think I would ever finish this one-it was SO slow moving but the turning point happened when Basil and Morgan finally  make it back to Interment from the ground and find Celeste…(no spoilers!) I thought Celeste’s plan to unite the two kingdoms was very brave and seemed exactly the kind of decision she would make!

The character’s were very well thought out, as they have been from book one. No one is boring or flat, and every character offers something to the point of the novel, they aren’t just fillers. Pen was my least favorite character in book two, but I absolutely loved her in “Broken Crowns.” She is brilliant, stubborn, loyal, and thinks for herself. While on the ground, Pen calculates that Internment is sinking slightly each time the jet from Havalais travels back and forth, which could eventually cause serious problems for Internment. My favorite quote in the book came from her: ” A girl should never stop thinking…otherwise we’ll become what our world thinks of us….dull, simple creatures that must belong to someone lest we hurt ourselves” (p. 224)

Although it took me some time to get really in to it, “Broken Crowns” is full of shockers and twists you don’t see coming. DeStefano created such imaginative worlds with impressive characters that really draw you in to the story. I felt it was the perfect wrap up to this trilogy.

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Book Review: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater-5 Stars

 

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Make way for the Raven King!

You know those series that just suck you in and you can’t stop reading but you don’t REALLY want to get to the end because that means it’s the end and there will be no more…. this is that kind of series!

Ronan and Adam, Orphan Girl, Henry, Blue and Gansey, Noah… This book had so much going on. I loved it. It was the perfect ending to the series. I can’t tell you how many chapters left me with my mouth hanging open, or slightly in tears from shock or happiness! If you haven’t started reading The Raven Cycle, you need to because this series is full of action, love, friendship, craziness, evil, heartache, pain, and magic, all blended together beautifully. The author has such a way with words, the way her lines dance across the pages to create such a magical world. There were so many twists, shocking revelations, (like holy crap-Cabeswater, Henry/his mom etc.) new friends and relationships. There was pain and beauty, love and evil, and some really insanely gruesome and crazy parts! Everything about this final book was perfect. I still love Ronan the most, and would love a spinoff/novella about him!!!

 

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Book Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater-Book III in The Raven Cycle-5 Stars

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Man, this series is one wild ride. The story and world just keeps getting better book after book! Like the two books preceding it, Blue Lily, Lily Blue made me laugh, cry, terrified me, and enthralled me. I love this world Stiefvater has created, I love the raven boys, I adore Blue, and I fell in love with Mr. Gray and Jesse Dittley. In this novel, Blue accepts her non-psychic-ness more so than she had. It still stings to not be “special” like the rest of the women in her family, but she realizes that by being a “mirror” and amplifying paranormal aspects for others, she truly is special and can bend things essentially, to her will. She can cut energy suckers off, also.

I like to keep my reviews spoiler-free, but I will mention some things that happen without giving anything away. Blue’s mom has disappeared, She and Mr. Gray are in love, Greenmantle, (Mr. Gray’s previous employer) is the boy’s new Latin teacher….bad things happen, HUGE secrets are revealed, crazy things go on…this book is just a roller coaster! And it is seriously creepy and scary, but I can’t keep from reading. I devoured this one. I said it on the last review and I’ll say it again, I just love the relationship the boys and Blue have. I literally found myself crying at the emotional moments! Like Adam in the courtroom, Blue and Gansey’s almost pretend kiss. Ronan is still my favorite, I am liking Adam a bit better, and enjoying having Noah around more often!

I can not wait for the final installment in this series. My life is revolving around those raven boys, Blue, Glendower, and Cabeswater.