The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince

Author: Holly Black

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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Spoiler free Summary:

This book will definitely be in my top books of the year! A mind blowing fantasy novel that is easy to dive into. You will not see the plot twists coming and it will leave you speechless!

Holly Black has created a fantasy masterpiece that you never want to put down. I love how she did something that most fantasy authors won’t dare touch, which is incorporating humans into their story. I mean we all have seen halflings, but it is truly rare to see full humans in the faerie world. She puts a wonderfully delicious twist on how fantasy worlds can be constructed.

Something I hate is when authors have a boring beginning. Luckily this author dives right in! Right off the bat it has action that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I honestly had the hardest time putting the book down because you just want to know how she is going to keep this story going and where she is going to take it.

The character development was like nothing I have ever witnessed before. I would definitely say she is up there with the Queen Sarah J Maas on this one. She will make you like a character, then BAM you think the opposite. Jude was a wonderful main character and reminded me a bit of Aelin from Throne of Glass.

The Cruel Prince was mind blowing and I would suggest everyone read it! I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in fantasy, faeries, action, or a novel that you will not be willing to put down.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Author: Jenny Han

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once? 

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control. 

Spoiler free Summary:

Everyone I did it again, I fell down the contemporary hole! I have heard everyone on Instagram and booktube talking about this series forever, but as usual I put off reading it forever. I am going to BookCon this year and the author will be there, so I decided it was time to finally read the book. It was my second book during readathonbyzoe and I couldn’t put it down!

The book is centered around Lara Jean Covey, the main character, who has written a letter to each of the boys that she has loved and kept them in her hat box, never intending for them to ever go out. Then the inevitable happens and somehow the letters were mailed out. Suddenly she needs a reason to escape from what she wrote on the letter to her sisters recent ex-boyfriend. It is then that her and another boy who got a letter got an idea to fake date to make the respective people jealous. This story has love, heart break, and embarrassment. The perfect concoction for the average teenage life.

I think the author had such good character development, it really shows you how fast your feelings about  one person can change or develop. Another thing I really enjoyed is that she included things from the characters Korean background, especially considering there aren’t may books out there that feature Korean characters. I was pretty proud that I recognized a lot of things that were mentioned because one of my good friends is actually from South Korea. Jenny Han is a master of words and I am dying to meet her in person! I cannot wait to continue on in the story and see watch Lara Jean develop more.

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The Secret Ingredient

The Secret Ingredient

Author: Laura Browning

Genre: Romance,

Goodreads Summary:

Becca Allred’s returning to Mountain Meadow with big plans. First, make her new bakery, The Secret Ingredient, a huge success. Second, steer clear of the complications that made her last job a pain in the butt. Third, manage to live her own life without family interference. Tough to do when you have too many older brothers keeping an eye on you. Even tougher when one of their best friends wants to put a lot more than his eyes all over you—but he thinks you’re back to be his business rival, not his bed partner.

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Spoiler free Summary:

Here I go again reading a contemporary novel. Once again I came across this book and thought it sounded interesting, so I decided to give it a try. I was actually amazed by how much I enjoyed this book! This book actually is somewhat based around baking, which is something that I have always said I would do if I hadn’t chose English instead.

The book is centered around Becca, the main character, who is has returned to her home town to have a fresh start and open up a bakery. Then comes in Eli, the new owner of the restaurant across the street, who has also recently returned to town with his young son. Becca and Eli have typical bantering at the beginning, but once Eli realizes he is being ridiculous they begin to start a romance. Bring in a an evil ex-wife, drama, and controlling older brothers and you have the perfect mixture for an awesome romance read.

I really enjoyed the whole concept and the beautiful execution of this book. I am starting to think that I actually do like contemporary novels, I guess I just had to find the one that fitted me. It was very evident that the author is passionate about baking, considering the amount of detail about baking that was included. I would definitely suggest this book to anyone looking for a nice romance to cozy up with, don’t make any day plans you will be sucked in!

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Warcross

Warcross

Author: Marie Lu

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Goodreads 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.

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Spoiler free Summary:

I have to start out saying this cover is the most beautiful thing that I have ever seen. I have been hearing a lot of good things about this book since it came out. Finally last month in a buying spree I bought it. Then decided to read it a two days ago and finished it so fast. I LOVE THIS BOOK!

This world that Marie came up with is so amazing and unlike anything I have read before. I mean if I had to guess it sounds a little similar to Ready Player One, but I haven’t read that yet so I am just going off of the description. The concept reminds me of a future that could be if someone is able to develop the next generation in virtual reality glasses and incorporate a way to further tricking the brain into thinking that world is real.

Emika Chen is my favorite character ever. Literally the girl is fearless. As soon as I read her description I went to google to find fan art. I mean rainbow hair and a colorful sleeve of tattoos, I had to know what that looked like. This was probably my favorite character since ready Sarah J Maas.

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Marie created a world that you can totally immerse yourself into and never want to leave until you are forced to at the end of the book. She even threw in someone awesome plot twists. Every aspect of this book BLEW me away. I need the second book now! I think I have found my new favorite series.

I really enjoyed Marie Lu’s everything that this book had to offer. You can tell that this was something that she was passionate about and spent many hours coming up with all the details. I would suggest this book to anyone who loves science fiction, coding, or gaming. I cannot wait to see where Marie takes us in the next book!

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So I Married a Sorcerer (Embraced #2) Spoiler Free Review

So I Married a Sorcerer (Embraced #2)

Author: Kerrelyn Sparks

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Goodreads Summary:

Growing up on the Isle of Moon, Brigitta knows nothing of her past, except that she is Embraced: born with powers that forced her into hiding. Everything changes when she learns she’s a princess, hidden away from her villainous half-brother who now rules the kingdom. But he knows about Brigitta, and he’ll do anything to get her back. Unless a certain roguish pirate has anything to say about it…

Rupert is both an infamous pirate and a sorcerer with the power to harness the wind. He’s been waiting nineteen years for revenge—and he needs Brigitta to get it. What begins as a kidnapping of the fiery beauty turns into a fierce attraction. But can he win the captive princess’s heart?

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Spoiler free Summary:

I discovered my love for Kerrelyn Sparks in November and have blown through all of her books. This is the second book in the Embraced series. I put off reading this book for awhile because I knew once I finished it that I would have to wait until March for the next book to come out. I am always looking for romance paranormal books. This book is the perfect mixture of historical romance and paranormal romance.

The book started off with Brigitta, the main character, on her way to see her adopted sister, Luciana, who was going to give birth any day. While on the boat the navy, to a bordering country, shows up to take her. The nuns with her suddenly inform her that she is the missing princess to this country who is believed to be dead. Then the infamous pirate Rupert shows up and blows away the navy ships. Birgitta decides to sacrifice herself to save her sisters and willingly goes with the pirates. Birgitta knows there are secrets aboard this ship and is intent on uncovering them.

This story was very thrilling and different from the usual Kerrelyn Sparks books I am used to, it was very refreshing and exciting! I really enjoyed the creativeness and thrill that she put into the making of this book. There were definitely some plot twists that I did not see coming and I loved it! Once again her brilliant writing skills shine through in this book.

I would definitely suggest this to anyone looking for a new paranormal romance to read. I am excited to continue the series in March!

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Midnight Magic

Midnight Magic

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

Genre: Paranormal, Romance

Goodreads Summary:

Midnight Magic: A Ghost & Abby Mystery

Ghostly Charms, Magic Spells and Secrets.

As the janitor in a haunted house, single mom Abby Jenkins has many contacts with the living and the dead in the small Pacific Northwest town of Sunset Cove, which puts her in a perfect position to solve local mysteries. Or so she thinks. Hired to find diamonds hidden in a haunted manor she gets help from a Viking ghost with existential issues. Will she survive? This book contains bad-boy ghosts, mischievous magic, and a woman who knows what she wants in a Viking hayloft.

Spoiler free Summary:

I am always looking for new romance paranormal book. This being because this past year I really discovered my liking to them. I stumbled across Midnight Magic and thought the plot sounded like nothing I have ever read before in the past. This book was such an interesting take on the typical private investigator plot. It has a little bit of paranormal for everyones taste from sexy viking ghosts to blood sucking beings to witches.

The book started off with Abby, the main character, looking to start up her new private investigation service in the town of Sunset Cover. Her current job is being a janitor and is not enough to support her children, especially since her boyfriend is a viking ghost and cannot make any money. Then it switches to her boyfriend who is seeking out a way to become human once again so that he may be with Abby. Bring in a dark sorcerer and an investigation job to find secret jewels and you have the perfect concoction for a page turning paranormal book.

I really enjoyed the ideas and the concepts that the author put into the making of this book. I love when I can find a story that truly intrigues me and is out of the box thinking compared to other that you find in its genre. If an author tries to mimic others with a slight difference it really turns me off from wanting to read it.

I would definitely suggest this to anyone looking for a new paranormal read. I am sure I will end up read the next one in the future!

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Batman Nightwalker

Batman Nightwalker 

Author: Marie Lu

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Goodreads Summary:

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

 

Spoiler free Summary:

I read Wonder Woman back in September and was really excited that is was a whole succession of books by various YA authors. I decided to get the LitJoy crate batman box because it included a signed copy and some other goodies. I immediately packed the book to bring on my vacation to Mexico.

Just off the bat I was very intrigued with the book. The reason being that it started of with Bruce’s 18th birthday. When watching all of the batman movies they are always centered around once he is older and fully developed. So I like that Marie did not stick to the batman stereotypes.

Marie used the perfect combination of character that are always in the batman world and new ones to juice up the story. When I pick up a book I want it to be a story I have never read or seen before. On that aspect she completely amazed me. the character development helped make the story that much better. She also threw some curve balls into the story that I did not see coming, which I LOVE when authors can accomplish that.

I really enjoyed Marie Lu’s rendition on batman, it was definitely a new twist to a story that has been told over and over. You can really tell that she put a lot of thought into the making of this novel. I would suggest this book to any super hero junkie in look of their next fix.

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My only complaint with this book was the relationship between Bruce and Madeleine. I felt that Marie wanted some sort of love interest to be involved and decided to say they liked each other. I just feel that a guy and a girl can develop a friendship without it turning into a romance. I just seemed out of place. But that was the ONLY thing that I did not like!

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Starstruck

Author: Brenda Hiatt

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

 

Goodreads Summary:

Nerdy astronomy geek Marsha, M to her few friends, has never been anybody special. Orphaned as an infant and reluctantly raised by an overly-strict “aunt,” she’s not even sure who she is. M’s dream of someday escaping tiny Jewel, Indiana and making her mark in the world seems impossibly distant until hot new quarterback Rigel inexplicably befriends her. As Rigel turns his back on fawning cheerleaders to spend time with M, strange things start to happen: her acne clears up, her eyesight improves to the point she can ditch her thick glasses, and when they touch, sparks fly—literally! When M digs for a reason, she discovers deep secrets that will change her formerly humdrum life forever . . . and expose her to perils she never dreamed of. Yes, the middle of nowhere just got a lot more interesting!

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Spoiler free Summary:

Like I always do about once a month I began browsing kindle for some free books. I always do this so that I have some books to read when I am in bed. I am going try to release a couple free ones every month that I have read.

Starstruck is unlike any book that I have ever read before and I loved it! It is so refreshing to come across a free book that I genuinely enjoy. Typically when I read the free books there are typically plot lines that repeat themselves, or the writing isn’t as edited as I like it to be.

The book started off with your average dorky girl who is the opposite of popular. Though there is a quirk with her, she has been known to fry the electronics near her. Then enter the new kid. He’s attractive, popular, and the new star quarterback. Of course she is instantly attracted to him and he seems to start taking an interest. She starts noticing some changes, such as no longer needing glasses and her acne disappearing. Then when they touch they both notice a electric spark. Then things start to get a little weird when they are together…

I really enjoyed that the author incorporated astronomy into the book, especially being someone who really enjoyed the subject in school. It is always very apparent if an author did the research or not when writing the book. If I notice that certain facts are missing, it really turns me off from reading the book.

I would definitely suggest this to anoyone looking for a free read. I am planning on getting the second one to read on my kindle!

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The Becoming of Noah Shaw

Author: Michelle Hadkin

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Cover Rating: 3.5

Goodreads Summary:

In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.

They’re right.

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Spoiler free Summary:

I had no idea that this book was a thing and when I saw it on social media I was so pumped. I immediately ordered it on amazon and the other day I decided that it was time to finally read it.

The book starts off with a bit of interest because they are at Noah’s dads funeral and something peculiar happens. Since it was an interesting start I was expecting it to be an action packed and intriguing book that would measure up to the Mara Dyer trilogy. Then they get to New York and there were some new characters that seemed to be adding a helpful hand into the making of the book. In this book you are truly able to decipher parts of Noah and Mara’s relationship that you had not thought of before. They have both been through so much trauma that could traumatize a person for life. Throughout the whole book it seemed that the author was building everything up in a good direction and that the book was going to be mind blowing. Then … nothing. I kept thinking that this book would be so awesome because of the Mara Dyer trilogy, but it never came. I mean the end of the book I didn’t see coming, but it still didn’t make up for the lack of action throughout most of the book. I love Michelle Hodkin, but I felt like she had many missed opportunities in this book.

This book was suspenseful and mysterious, but a bit underwhelming. I was so pumped to read this book thinking that I would finally get to know what happens to everyone and finally get into the beautiful and intriguing mind of Noah Shaw. I really wanted it to be good, kept waiting for that moment like the other books where I just could put it down. That moment I was looking for never came. My only hope is that the next book in the series will have me more interested, especially since it had an interesting ending.

This has not made me doubt Michelle Hadkin’s writing. In my opinion it is just very hard to follow up an awesome series with another series based around the same world.

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Kerrelyn Sparks

I have recently returned from a 3-week vacation and while on vacation I got addicted to Kerrelyn Sparks’ Love at Stakes series. I had read the first book in the series, How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire, back when I was in high school because I had gotten it on my kindle for free. Back then I didn’t know that it was part of a series. I have re-read it a couple times since and the last time I looked it up and saw that it was a series. From there I have read almost every book, I am on what I believe to be the last one.

One thing that I truly appreciate about Kerrelyn Sparks is the fact that she totally re-imagined the way we think about vampires. When you think of vampires, you will typically think about books such as Twilight and the Vampire Diaries. This author obviously put great thought into the making of the series, not wanting to conform to the norms that most authors do when writing a vampire novel. One thing that really sticks out to me is the fact that the vampires are not aloud to be around during the day because they are literally dead. That’s right, they have this thing called a death sleep where they are dead when the sun is up. I don’t know how she came up with some of the details she uses, but that is one of the reasons that I fell in love with her series.

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Something that I feel a lot of authors lack creativity and that is what will pull readers in, especially if you want them to go and buy the rest of the books in your serious. I mean one way to get people to read books is to offer the first one for free on the kindle. Though the only way to get them to go and buy the second book is to pull them into the story with your creative and ability to create an intriguing plot line that keeps readers on the edge of their seat. I cannot tell you how many first books in series I own on my kindle because they were just so bad. Many people have to offer their book for free because otherwise no one would want to read it. I don’t mean to put anyone down or anything, but you are always better off to think through you plot and such before even putting anything down. Why make a book if it won’t be read?

I am a person who reads a lot more young adult than romance. Considering that I think that Kerrelyn Sparks is a brilliant author and I will definitely be looking into her other series. To anyone out there I would suggest reading her Love at Stake series!

 

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