THE WEIGHT OF THE STARS BY: K. ANCRUM REVIEW!!

Author: K. Ancrum

Publisher: Imprint

Publish date: March 19th 2019

Pages: 384

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

“All that I am is a terribly brave small thing, with a terribly brave small life, and a terribly brave love that spans eons.” 

I would first like to start off by saying happy book release day to the author and this book!! According to everything I looked at online it was released today so congrats!! I just really don’t know where to start with this book to be honest. (And the cover??? ADORABLE).

I actually had no idea that this book was even coming out, I was scrolling on Twitter and the author tweeted something along the lines of saying that she would send digital arcs to book bloggers who are interested because she’s so proud of her book. I thought that was super cool so I went to go read her description of the book and it was everything I needed. I emailed her about it and she responded so quick and was so happy to send me one. She was so sweet in her email which I really appreciated, and her book was incredible. I will leave the Goodreads synopsis below:

Ryann Bird dreams of traveling across the stars. But a career in space isn’t an option for a girl who lives in a trailer park on the wrong side of town. So Ryann becomes her circumstances and settles for acting out and skipping school to hang out with her delinquent friends. 

One day she meets Alexandria: a furious loner who spurns Ryann’s offer of friendship. After a horrific accident leaves Alexandria with a broken arm, the two misfits are brought together despite themselves—and Ryann learns her secret: Alexandria’s mother is an astronaut who volunteered for a one-way trip to the edge of the solar system. 

Every night without fail, Alexandria waits to catch radio signals from her mother. And its up to Ryann to lift her onto the roof day after day until the silence between them grows into friendship, and eventually something more . . . “

I will say that this book had me a little confused at first because the writing style was not something that I’ve read in a while. Her writing style is refreshing and so poetic. I was eating every word that she wrote right up. Because of her writing style this book was so special and unique to me. Literally everything about this book is phenomenal, and it kept me on my toes and left me with such a warm feeling.

Both Ryann and Alexandria are so stubborn and tough, but still so sweet. I was obsessed with both of their characters, they were similar in some ways and vastly different in other ways. Even some of the more side characters were so interesting to read about and they all had unique background stories. This book is a Lgbtqia which I appreciate so much because YA is in desperate need of more representation in all aspects of books (even though it is getting a little better). Not to mention that even the romance was SO good, it was slow burning, romantic, inspiring, and just adorable. There’s like a thousand quotes that really tore my heart open with love and sadness. The authors writing makes it feel like you’re with the characters wherever you go, you feel like you’re on earth with them, but when it’s in space you really feel like you are actually there with them. Her writing gives me massive chills because of it.

This book has diverse perspectives, and it’s truly a masterpiece in motion. It celebrates love, family, and adventure. Not to mention the ending????? Which I will not talk about because spoilers but it truly warmed my heart, and I cried a ton because of it. Books like this are special and they come very few and far in between and I am so blessed that I read it this year.

I HIGHLY recommend that everyone reads this book because it is truly amazing, the characters, the plot, the adventure and romance are sensational. I can’t wait to read more books that are this incredible this year. This is a little contemporary, a little sci-fi, and all things amazing. I just cannot put into words how AWESOME this book is!!!!

I hope you all take the chance to pick it up and read it!

Thank you so much for reading!

X

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CAN’T-WAIT WEDNESDAY: The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

Can’t-wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about books that you are excited for. I feel like I’m pretty far behind on new YA releases, but there is one that I am very excited for.

What am I waiting on?

The Princess and the Fangirl by: Ashley Poston

Why am I waiting?

So this book comes out on April 2nd, 2019. I have been looking forward to this book since I heard it was coming out!! I was in love with Geekerella by the same author. Plus, I just love contemporary YA so much, it really lightens up my mood. Ashley is such a sweet author, and her writing style is so refreshing to me. I love everything about it so I have really high expectations for this books!

Here is the book synopsis via Goodreads:

The Prince and the Pauper gets a modern makeover in this adorable, witty, and heartwarming young adult novel set in the Geekerella universe by national bestselling author Ashley Poston.

Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: save her favorite character, Princess Amara, from being killed off from her favorite franchise, Starfield. The problem is, Jessica Stone—the actress who plays Princess Amara—wants nothing more than to leave the intense scrutiny of the fandom behind. If this year’s ExcelsiCon isn’t her last, she’ll consider her career derailed.

When a case of mistaken identity throws look-a-likes Imogen and Jess together, they quickly become enemies. But when the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, and all signs point to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible. That’s easier said than done when the girls step into each other’s shoes and discover new romantic possibilities, as well as the other side of intense fandom. As these “princesses” race to find the script-leaker, they must rescue themselves from their own expectations, and redefine what it means to live happily ever after.”

Doesn’t that just sound like the cutest?? I know I’ll definitely laugh and smile through this whole entire thing! I cannot wait for the release of this book so I can dive right into it asap.

What books are you looking forward to reading? What are some releases that you cannot wait for?

Thank you so much for reading!

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SNOWED IN READS

Welcome back to my blog! Today I’m talking about books that I think are great to read when you’re snowed in and can’t go out. I live in Michigan and for those not aware, the last month has consisted of ice storms, deep freezes (-40 and lower) and just too much snow. Because of all this terrible weather I’ve been “snowed in” and I’ve been really feeling cabin fever lately. It’s always dark and cold and there are days where I’ve had nothing to do because classes got cancelled. Anyways, if you live somewhere where it’s warm all the time, this is still a good post to read in case you hate going out in the heat ;). This list is compiled of books that I have read, and some that I haven’t read yet but plan on reading while snowed in. So if you want to see what reads I like to read while snowed in, keep on reading!

1.) Muse of Nightmares by: Laini Taylor

This is currently what I’ve been reading and loving! This is the second book in the Strange the Dreamer series and it’s so good. If you’re curious about my thoughts on Strange the Dreamer (the first book) I’ll link it below:

Strange the Dreamer review

So I cannot leave the synopsis for this book because I don’t want anyone to see spoilers, but being snowed in it’s the perfect time to read a good, epic high Fantasy book. Because I have nothing else to focus on, it gives me a bunch of free time to really focus on what I’m reading.

2.) The Sun is Also a Star by: Nicola Yoon

I haven’t read this book yet, but it’s high up on my to read list. To start off I’ll leave the Goodreads synopsis below:

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

I love a good contemporary book!!! I’ve been meaning to read this forever now because it sounds so good but I haven’t gotten around to it. With all of this terrible weather happening, I hope I get the opportunity to read it. Has anyone read this book? What do you think?

3.) City of Bones by: Cassandra Clare

So this is a massive series by Cassandra Clare (I believe it has 6 books in the original series, but also a ton of spin off ones). I’ll leave the Goodreads synopsis below:

“When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?”

“This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know… “

I read this series last year and it’s SUCH a hyped up series so it made me very nervous to read, but I ended up loving it a lot! This is the perfect thing to read when you’re snowed in because it’s so long so you can finish multiple books at once, and because it is a Fantasy, it gives you a lot of peace and quiet to be able to focus on it. If you’re interested I’ll link the review below:

City of Bones review

4.) They Both Die At the End by: Adam Silvera

I’ve been meaning to read this book ever since Adam Silvera announced it on Twitter. It just sounds sooooo good and it’s literally been on my TBR for eternity by now. Here is the Goodreads synopsis:

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day. “

This sounds super sad (and everyone says it is) so being snowed in would be the perfect opportunity to read something like this so I can cry in peace without people judging me!

So what’s the weather like where you all live? Has mother nature been hitting anyone else hard lately?

Thank you so much for reading!

X

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CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE BY: TOMI ADEYEMI REVIEW!

Welcome back! Today I’m writing a review on Children of Blood and Bone. I read this book about a month ago, and I don’t want to spoil this review, but I LOVED it!! So let’s get right into the discussion on it.

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Pages: 525

Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

Publish Date: March 6th, 2018

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

“Courage does not always roar. Valor does not always shine.” 

Okay, so I originally picked this book up from my local library in November of last year because I was in a huge Fantasy kick and this book had such an interesting synopsis. Even the librarian told me “let me know how you like it because I’ve heard such nice things about it.” Well I didn’t end up getting around to it until January (I’m sorry my local library for returning late!!) and I’m SO glad I read this book. This book felt like a breath of fresh air. All the books that I was reading started to blur together for me because everything seemed to have the same plot. But this book really swooped in and gave me everything that I was missing. The characters stories and feelings are so immensely heartbreaking and sad, but so interesting. The sheer strength that these characters had was so inspiring and I loved them all. The story was so different, unique, and something that I haven’t read before. It had me on the edge of my seat, craving more and more. I’ll leave the Goodreads synopsis below for those interested.

“Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy. “

I literally cannot say enough good things about this book, it was brilliant, inspiring, interesting, dramatic, adventurous, and literally any other good word you could possibly think of. The plot and the mythology is all so well thought out and beautiful. The writing in the book is also so unique and different then what I’ve read before. It’s weaves throughout the book in a way that reminds me of poetry, but it’s not. This is truly one of the greatest Fantasy debut novels that I’ve read in SO long. I was so nervous to read this book because it is long, and high Fantasy’s can be really hard to get into because they can get way too confusing or complex. Even though I did find myself having to re-read some parts because I felt lost, I thought the pacing was really great, and overall it was easy to follow.

And even with all of that, this book talked about institutionalized racism, misuse of power, and social power. I think we need WAY more books like this, not just because it had really great messages, but because it felt so refreshing in the sea of Fantasy books that exist. This book really took a different path and I really love that so much.

Not to mention that Tomi is a New York Times bestselling author, was on Jimmy Fallon, AND they are coming out with a movie for this book!!! I don’t know about you, but she is really out here killing the game, and words cannot describe how hyped I am for the movie. If you’re interested in more about what I just said, I would check out her twitter because that’s where I saw all the news!

Thank you so much for reading!

X

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YA ROMANCE RECOMMENDATIONS! (IN TIME FOR VALENTINES DAY)

Welcome back to another blog post! Today I thought it would be fun to recommend some good romance books that I’ve read, just in time for Valentines day!

Now I know that not everyone is a fan of this holiday. But I think it’s a fun time to spend time with anyone you love, it can be a significant other, family, or friends. It’s not just for lovers, you can spend it with anyone you love. I’m going to recommend some of my favorite, most cheesy romance books that will have you falling in love, swooning, or crying (because some of them are SO sad) but let’s get started!

1.) Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by: Becky Albertalli

This book is SOOOO good. It was recently made into a movie called Love Simon. This book is everything you need in a romance, there’s mystery on who is the love interest, it moves quickly but it’s not insta-love, and the characters together are the sweetest angels. This book follows Simon, who is gay (but hasn’t come out yet) is emailing a mysterious person named Blue. Change happens, he has friend drama, and feels alone at times, but will he get his happiness at the end? This book is just the sweetest, and so important for a ton of reasons. By the end I was holding this book with a giant smile that I couldn’t get rid of because it was that good. This is an amazing read that will have you falling in love with all the words the entire time and everyone should read this if you haven’t!

2.) Love and Gelato by: Jenna Evans Welch

I swear, I talk about this book all the time on my blog. This is one of my favorite contemporaries. It’s cheesy, adorable, and will make you fall in love from beginning to end. This book follows our character Lina, who is spending the summer in Italy because it was her moms last wish to get to know her dad. Although she’s frustrated she has to deal with her dad, she meets Ren, who is so charming and romantic and then it’s history from there. I don’t think this book is talked about enough, I never see anything about it anywhere! It’s set in Italy, it has secret bakeries, and romantic sunsets. It makes you want to travel the world with the love of your life and experience everything the world has to offer. Everything about this book is sweet and charming, and it will have you hooked since the beginning with the incredibly adorable romance.

3.) The Cruel Prince by: Holly Black

So this one may be a Fantasy novel, but the romance in this book will have you SWEATING. This book follows Jude who lives in the Fae world after her father figure Madoc killed her parents and took her and her siblings back to the Fae world. She has to deal with being human in a world full of monsters, including Cardan. Cardan, who is a massive jerk, arrogant, and terrible, but Jude has to figure out how to survive in a world full of tricks. When I tell you guys, the romance in this book (and the second) is slow burning, and when I say slow, I mean SLOW. Which is okay with me, but whenever these character interact with each other, it will have you fanning your face. I love them so much, and if you want something that is a slow burning, attractive romance (with incredible world building, court politics, and lots of violence) then this book is for you!

4.) History is All You Left Me by: Adam Silvera

Okay so this book is incredible, amazing, and one of the most heart wrenching books you will read. I’ll leave the Goodreads synopsis for this one below, because I can’t word it as good as they did.

” When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course. 

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart. 

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.”

This book is heart wrenching from beginning to end, It literally left me in tears the entire time. The writing is stunning and has so much emotion, and the characters are so in depth. This book is romantic, but it’s also important, heart breaking, and talks about other issues like mental health which is also important. I just love this book so much, and I thought it would be good to include one book like this on this list. This book also just deserves so much hype and love because it literally took my heart and stomped on it like it was nothing. The writing is phenomenal, and this book has my heart!

So these are some books I thought would be fun to read in the month of February! What are you guys reading this month? How do you feel about Valentines day?

Thank you so much for reading!

X

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Personal Writing #1

Today I thought it would be fun to start including some of my personal writing on my site! It’s currently snow storming here in Michigan so I’m all bundled up in blankets ready to write. Some day I hope to have YA Fantasy novels published, so I do a lot of short writings to inspire me. My first writing below is something that came to mind when I saw the name Sapphira online and I became obsessed with it. Basically what I wrote below would be a character inner monologue. So this character Sapphira is in some deep trouble and her mind is clustered and she can’t think straight. It’s not that long, but it’s a start into writing again because I haven’t written in forever!

Belonging in a world full of mixed cosmic thoughts forced the drums to beat louder. The soft breeze caressed her hair, waiting for a breathe louder than the music. She never thought that these thoughts would overtake her magic, let alone halt her from doing what she loved. The music continued to drum through her brain louder and louder and she couldn’t escape. Her thoughts were becoming jumbled messes of clouds and dust and she couldn’t breathe. All she needed was a lifeline, a little string somewhere deep in her that she could pull on and she would be able to fix everything. Sapphira couldn’t see through the clouded thoughts, everything just got louder and closer, and more angry. What could she have done to upset the Gods in a way that they would do this to her? She was on a mission, sent by the dark queen herself to rescue the prince from the end of the universe, so why would the Gods not want her to do so?

Her crown glimmered in the dark clouds, shimmered so bright that even the darkest demons would take a step back. She was strong, she was intelligent, and she will find the key to the end of the universe, and then she can have her magic back. 3 years she was stuck in the position because of a bargain that she made when she was 17 and desperate. 3 more years to go and then she will be able to feel the golden sun run through her silver hair, feel the coolness on her tan skin, and then she will start what she set out to finish.

Anyways, this isn’t a long post or anything, but I just wanted to get some of my writing out there into the world. I’ve been in a massive writing slump for over a year now, so I know it’s not the greatest. It makes me nervous putting my thoughts out in the world, but I’m proud of myself so here we are!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read today!

X

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THE WICKED KING BY: HOLLY BLACK REVIEW

Author: Holly Black

Pages: 336

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Publish Date: January 8th, 2019

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

“The three of you have one solution to every problem. Murder. No key fits every lock.” Cardan gives us all a stern look, holding up a long-fingered hand with my stolen ruby ring still on one finger. “Someone tries to betray the High King, murder. Someone gives you a harsh look, murder. Someone disrespects you, murder. Someone ruins your laundry, murder.” 

Hi it’s me back with another review! Today I’m talking about The Wicked King. This is the second book in what I hope will be a series. I read the first book last year and it turned out to be one of my favorite books of all time. I’ll leave a link to my review of the first book, The Cruel Prince here.

I loved that book literally with my entire heart, and for some reason I was worried that the second book wouldn’t be as good. I should never doubt the queen of Faeries again because this book was everything I needed and more. This book watered my crops, fed my children, and paid off my student loans. I wish I was exaggerating when I tell you that this book was that phenomenal. One of my favorite aspects of Fantasy novels is court politics, I love reading about everything that these worlds are based on. Like in this book, the world of Fae that Jude and Cardan live in is based off violence and betrayals. I enjoyed this so much because this whole book was based around feuds that are beginning to form between courts, friends betraying each other, and war on the horizon. It gave me the drama and suspense that I was desperately in need of, and even gave me some of that incredible romance between Jude and Cardan which I live for.

Let’s start talking about the characters. Starting off with Jude, you either love or hate her. I think she’s incredibly smart, the Fae are always trying to one up her or trick her because she’s human, but she’s always one step ahead of everybody. She has incredible knowledge on warfare, battle, court drama and politics, and she’s basically running the kingdom behind the scenes which she gets zero credit for. I think she’s incredibly strong, intelligent, and powerful, and every time her and Cardan are together I try not to focus on it too much but I just love them together so much. I feel like her character has developed so much since the first book, but I like how it shows that she’s still not perfect and that she even trips up once and a while.

Now onto Cardan’s character. I tried so hard to hate his character in the first book and in this one but I literally cannot. I am in love with his character, sorry I don’t make the rules. I think he developed the most out of everyone since the first book. Even though Jude is pulling the strings mostly for him, he’s still smart and knows what’s going on around him at all times. I like how he’s not afraid of anything, and when he is he won’t show it. I also love how he always has a massive sassy attitude when Orlaugh is trying to one up him. He’s actually very intelligent, and would make a great king. He’s cocky, rude, and annoying sometimes but I can’t help but love him. This happens every time, an author writes a “broken villain” and every time I say I won’t fall for it, but here I am, falling for it once again.

Madoc:

Please someone just throw his character into the lake so we don’t have to see him anymore.

Taryn:

Based on the end of the book, she may also be thrown into the lake, see ya.

Oak:

A sweet bean who just wants to eat his nuggets and enjoy his life.

I think Holly is a cruel, cruel author. Leaving this book with an ending like that?? What am I supposed to do until the next book comes out?? This book really got me good, I was reading it everywhere I went, inhaling her writing like my life depended on it. I am addicted to this series, like so addicted that I want to buy all the merch on the internet kind of addicted. This book is terribly evil , beautiful, wicked, phenomenal, and mind blowing.

Again, I wish I could say I was exaggerating, but this book really owns my soul. Everything in this book improved, the stakes are higher, the games are deadlier, and the sexual tension is unmatched. Everything about this series is betrayals, mind games, and plot twists. And I quite literally need book 3 asap, because I can’t stop thinking about it. All other Fae Fantasy writers better step their game up because Holly Black did not come to play!

I know I just used this GIF, but this perfectly sums up how much I love this book:

Have you guys read this series yet? If not you should pick it up ASAP. If you did read it, how do you guys feel about it? Cause that ending really made me want to punch Cardan in the face (although I’m hoping he did what he did to protect Jude).

Thank you so much for reading!

X

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