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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Field Notes on Love,” by Jennifer E. Smith

  • Rating: 3 out of 5
  • Pub Date:  March 5th, 2019
  • Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary
  • Publisher: Delacorte press
  • Product #: 9780399559419
  • Pages: Hardcover, 320

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Aww, you guys, this book was adorable.

In this book we follow the story of Mae and Hugo. Mae is got accepted to go to school in California, where she’s trying to get into the film program. When she applied, she got accepted into the school but, unfortunately not into the program itself, so now she needs to start over. She wants to film something worth sending back to the school so that they can admit her into the program.

On the side of the Atlantic is Hugo. He’s from England and he’s also a sextuplet. Yep, that’s right. He’s whole life has been mapped out for him because of the little fame they gained in England for being born in a group of six kids. Him and his girlfriend Margaret are going on a train-trip across the states to drop her off at her new school in California as well, that is until they brake up right before the trip. Hugo decides to go on this trip until he realizes that the tickets are all under Margaret’s name. Then he proceeds to ask the internet for help, and that’s when he and Mae cross path, because Mae has the same name of his ex-girlfriend and is a perfect replacement for the tickets.

Now, there are two points of view to follow through the story. We have Hugo who doesn’t know what he wants in life and has to discover so much from it, and then there’s Mae who’s full of life and all she think about is making films. Both of them are an odd match but completely adorable nonetheless. Each one of them are dealing with their own personal issues and they both agreed to go on this trip with each other trying to find a way to find an answer to their questions.

Hugo, is charismatic and playful. He’s very funny and is very attentive. Although maybe a little bit forgetful at times. Mae is the opposite. She’s still funny but she’s very closed off and she’s very hard to get to know. A week on a train together seems to break the barrier between her heart and things start to look better as they get to meet each other more.

Now the big issue that I had with this story was the fact that it was so short, the book felt rushed. Smith doesn’t necessarily gives us enough time to mule over the characters emotions–I honestly don’t think that she gives the characters enough time to settle over their emotions either, which is why I felt like it needed to be a little bit longer. Also, throughout their road-trip, Mae decides to work on her film by interviewing random people on the train and I just wished the author would’ve developed more on those stories.

It would’ve also been great to see more development with the process of her film and everything that went into it. Something else that I would love to mention is the fact that Mae annoyed me a little bit, whenever Hugo would ask her questions about herself, like very personal questions, she would always close herself off and get bothered, so it literally felt like we were getting nowhere with her. And at the end of the book the author doesn’t give us enough reconciliation on her part if that makes any sense.

Although short, I did enjoy the story. It’s a quick, fun read, for everyone. If you like Morgan Matson, Jenna Evans Welch, and Kasie West, you’ll enjoy this book too! Again, it doesn’t matter how old you are, if you want to read the book–read it! I, once again, want to thank you for taking the time to read my post. I truly appreciate it.

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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Furyborn,” by Claire Legrand

  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5
  • Pub Date:  March 22nd, 2018
  • Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBTQ+
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
  • Product #:9781492656623
  • Pages: Hardcover, 501

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Guys, I really wanted to like this book. I really did. I have two friends who’ve been telling me two read this book for forever now, and I’m sorry to say that I didn’t like it as much as I wanted to.

In this book, we follow the story from two different points of views, Rielle and Eliana. Furyborn is placed between two different time frames. In this world, people have the power to control the elements. Water, earth, fire, and water, etc. Rielle, who is the first pov we follow, can control all of them and no one on the face of the earth has been able to do that. So for her whole life, she’s been trying to hide against her own will for her protection. However, there’s this accident that happens while she’s trying to protect one of the people she loves and her secret is discovered. Now, she has to take these trials in front of everyone to prove to the world that she’s loyal to the crown and wouldn’t betray anyone.

Eliana, on the other hand, is a hunter. She catches people on secret missions for money until her family is threatened. Then, she has no other option than to ally with the enemy to save her family while simultaneously trying to help her enemy with another mission. Her life is turned upside down when she realizes who she truly is and what is really going on in the world.

Now, here’s to the problems that I had with the book. First, the Prologue of this book! What the hell is that prologue doing there? The prologue confused the fu*k out of me, I’m not sure what’s it doing at the beginning of the book. The prologue is the total opposite of what the book is like, and since its at the beginning, you normally think that the book is going to take after that. But no, honestly, you’d be better off reading the prologue after you finish the book because, to be honest, I was confused all throughout that book with that beginning. Like the prologue makes sense to an extent, but it does not resonate with the main story of the book at all. I guess it would make more sense if it was like a prologue for the whole series, but not for like one book.

Which leads me to my next problem, when the book ends it doesn’t answer any of the questions created by the prologue. Like when I read the prologue, and when I was reading the book, I was expecting that the ending will answer some questions, but it didn’t. Matter of fact, the ending is what I liked less of the book. It didn’t feel rushed but it felt like this book was ending for forever. And, can I say that this book was unnecessarily long? That ending was placed there to cut the book and like finally bring it to an end if that makes any sense. It felt like it was forced to end that way.

“People like us don’t fight for our own hope … We fight for everyone else’s.”

Now with that being said, Rielle and Eliana are very different characters. In this world, there’s the threat of angels coming down to reign upon the face the earth. Angels and humans were enemies and a long time ago angels and humans fought each other. Humans won the war and succeeded in traping the angels in this gate thing. Now, some angels have escaped and are trying to invade the world again and it is up for them to stop it. Each of these characters has a separate purpose on this book, while for most of the time we follow Rielle through her trials, we follow Eliana running away from the people that are trying to kill her.

I honestly don’t know what else to say about this book other than I hope that Kingsbane answers all of my unanswered questions. If you like Red Queen, Girls of Paper and Fire, Everless, Ash Princess, And I Darken, then this is the book for you. I’m still confused over the whole thing because of that damned prologue, but I feel like answers shall be found in the next couple of books in this series. Please give it a try if you haven’t read it and let me know what you think. And as always, I want to thank you for taking the time to read my post, I truly appreciate it.

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Non-Spoiler Book Review|”Five Feet Apart,” by Rachael Lippincott

  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Pub Date:  November 20th, 2018
  • Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • Product #: 9781534437333
  • Pages: Hardcover, 288

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Aww, guys, this book was adorable. It was way too cute, and I spent the last 100 pages crying.

The reason I read this book was that it’s our YA ON ANOTHER LEVEL Book club pick for the month, and well, since the movie is out I decided to read it. And I’m not disappointed.

In this story, we follow different POVs from two different characters that are going through the same thing. Stella and Will both suffer from cystic fibrosis. Each of them has been in and out of hospitals for the majority of their lifetime. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a sickness that has to do with someone’s lungs and the fact that they can’t breathe properly. For two CFrs to come into more than six feet apart from each other can be deadly in some cases, so it is crucial that people that have CF stay at least six feet apart at all times. The case with Will and Stella though is unique. Will has B cepacia, which is deadly to people with CF, and if Stella gets it her immune system would be compromised and she can kiss that opportunity of her new lungs goodbye.

“Everyone in this world is breathing borrowed air.”

Stella is a character so full of life, and despite her being in a hospital for most of her life, she’s a character that looks at her sickness as a form of survival. She has a youtube page where she updates her followers on her battle with CF and where she talks about improvements on an app she’s built. Her family is a mess, they divorced 8 months prior to the setting of this book and now she believes she’s all they have left before they completely lose it. So, she fights for her life just so that her parents can have more time with her.

Will, on the other hand, is tired. Her mom has taken him to every hospital in the world trying to find a cure for him but he’s done. He wants to live his own life, no matter how short it is. He wants to take back everything CF and B cepacia has taken from him. That is until he meets Stella. Being a spoiled brat and having a complicated relationship with his mom, make him impossibly annoying at the beginning of the book. He treats his life so carelessly, and Stella can’t stand it. So, she takes it upon herself to help him with his treatment–just because he’s careless about his life doesn’t mean that she is going to let him die. Not under her watch.

This story about friendship, love, and loss, will have you crying from the point when you reach the middle of the book until the end. Do not read it in public, I repeat, DO NOT READ IT IN PUBLIC. This is a very short story that you’ll finish within a night and I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy. The movie is out with Cole Sprouse in it and I’m excited to see how he plays Will in this film, and am I ready to cry in public [again]? Yes, the answer is yes.

If you read The Fault in Our Stars or anything else by John Green for that matter, you’ll really enjoy this book. If you are a fan of All the Bright Places, Things We Know By Heart, Made You Up, Me Before You, then you’ll enjoy this book as well. I would recommend this book for readers 10 years old and older. I also want to thank you for taking the time for reading my post. I truly appreciate it.

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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Four Dead Queens,” by Astrid Scholte

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pub Date:  February 26, 2019
  • Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
  • Publisher: Putnam
  • Product #: 9781984814128
  • Pages: Hardcover, 432

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This story was very interesting, to say the least, but it was hard to get through.

Now, before you jump into conclusions, I want to say that this 3 starred review is not a bad review, nor because I said that this book didn’t do it for me doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. I just felt like the overall story wasn’t interesting to me. The storyline was great, the actual characters we very well developed, and yet, the story fell flat to me.

In this story, we follow the young character Keralie, who ran away from her parents to become a thief under the command of one of her good friends. In this world, there’s a nation divided into four quadrants, each of which has its own queen. The queens live in one palace all together, and from there they rule their respective quadrants. There’s an assassin in this story trying to kill the queens and Keralie has taken upon herself to stop the killings from happening and warn the queens before its too late. With the help of her friend Varin, they set into an impossible task of sneaking away from dangers and trying to save their lives at the same time.

“Loving someone means risking your heart being broken,” … “But those moments you are together triumphs over any darkness.”

As for the logistics of the book, there was a lot going on and too much information to process in the first 5 chapters. I was so overwhelmed by the time I reached chapter five, I had to stop reading the book for a couple of hours and rest my brain for a little bit because of information overload. The writing of the author was odd too. She would use weird words to describe her characters’ physical appearance, which at often times it made her writing seem a little careless. On the other hand, there were times where her writing excelled. She wrote some very powerful and emotional scenes where she could really make us feel what was going on.

The characters were well written, but I still feel like there was much going on. You see, besides Keralie’s POV, there were other POVs throughout this story. The most important ones were the POVs of the queens. Each had their own dedicated chapters to them, but those chapters were so full of information that it was hard to process everything at once. Something that I appreciated about Keralie was how funny she was. She managed to stay upbeat and always looking forward, despite all of her problems. Her connection with Varin was very cute and I absolutely loved their chemistry.

Scholte spends a lot of time in world-building, which I think its a great thing because of the way her world is structured. Her story wasn’t too long but there were times when the story seemed to drag on forever. And I don’t know why, but the ending seemed a little bit rushed to me. I feel like authors struggle with this a lot, they focus so much in giving us a great beginning that they forget about the ending. Although the ending in this book was okay, it still felt rushed but there wasn’t a major cliffhanger that left you feeling incomplete.

Yes, there were some things that fell flat for me in this story but other ones that didn’t. There are many things to look forward for in this book, so please give it a try!

If you like Three Dark Crown, Red Queen, Blood Rose Rebellion, Six of Crows, The Gilded Wolves, etc., then you’ll most certainly enjoy this book. If you are 12 years old and older you can read this book. And as always I want to thank you for taking the time for reading my post, I truly appreciate it.

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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Warrior of the Wild,” by Tricia Levenseller

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pub Date:  February 26, 2019
  • Genre: Ya, Fantasy, LGBT
  • Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
  • Product #: 9781250189943
  • Pages: Hardcover, 336

Amazing! This book was absolutely great!

An ax swings for my head.

That’s the first line on this book–I was so here for it!

I’ve never read anything by Tricia before, but if her other books are anything like this one, then I’m pretty sure I’ll be reading more of hers in the future. Such a great refreshing story that’s based on Vikings (it is not a retelling perse, but more like a general idea of them) that will have you wanting to read this book in one sitting. It’s also short enough for you to do so.

In Warrior of the Wild, we follow Rasmira Bendrauggo, daughter of the leader of the village and heir to the position to be the next leader. Told from her point of view, we get to see the way these warriors have been training their whole life. In her village, kids at the age of 8 get to choose a career of what they want to do for the rest of their lives and Rasmira choose to be a warrior. Ever since then, she’s been training to become the best warrior in her village, which she achieves with no problem. The day of her trail though, she gets sabotaged and its sent to the wilds to complete a task that ensures her death if she ever wants to return home. So armed with nothing but her ax and a few supplies, she sets off to this dangerous world outside the village where monsters lurk and death is around every corner.

What she doesn’t expect to find, however, are two other guys that have been banished previously from their own village after failing their trails, living in the wilderness. And what she doesn’t expect too, is to form a connection with either of them. Soren and Iric become her annoying friends throughout this journey and they find a way to make each other survive out there in the wilderness.

A man who finds his masculinity threatened by a powerful woman is no man at all.

Now, I want to talk about how badass Rasmira is. She literally fights anything. Like, her and her ax can take anyone or anything for that matter. She’s a great warrior, and despite the fact that she’s only 18, she shows strength and courage like no other. When she goes to the wild, she doesn’t cower and admits defeat over not being able to complete her impossible task and return to the village–but rather, she finds a way of making her task possible and proving herself once again to her people, to her family. She helps Soren and Iric become the best versions of themselves they can be, and together, they make living in the wilderness a little bit more tolerable.

It’s not about giving in to the first boy who ever acted interested. It’s about being interested in the boy who is finally worth it.

In this story of friendship, finding one’s true self, courage, and love, Levenseller shows us that things are not always what they seem. That sometimes, difficult times are better spent with people who truly care and support you and that above all else, you should believe in yourself. Her writing is consistent, never once you get lost in this story. This was a very easy read, and I mean that in a good way. She didn’t drag this story longer than it needed to be, she didn’t linger too much of characters emotions and dragging on the same issue on and on and on, while at the same time making us feel like we were always in connection with the characters in the story. Her world building was great, there’s no cliffhanger, characters are well developed and this story felt very original to me.

If you like Red Queen, A Curse so Dark and Lonely, Everless, Crown of Feathers, I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy this quick read. For readers 13 years old and older. And as always, I want to thank you guys for taking the time to read my post, I truly appreciate it. Also, check out my Goodreads page for more updates on my readings 🙂

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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee,” by Jeff Zetner

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  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Pub Date:  February 26, 2019
  • Genre: Ya, Contemporary, Fiction
  • Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
  • Product #: 9781524720209
  • Pages: Hardcover, 400

What a great book, you guys. I loved it so much.

Let me start by saying I have never laughed as hard reading a book as I did reading this one. This book was awesome you guys! I couldn’t stop reading it once I started it. We have a little bit of everything going on in this book. There’s your adorable romance, there’s your invaluable friendship, there’s your crazy story, there’s your down moments, but above all, there’s your love.

Those who don’t work hard for a long time will have a hard time for a long time

Josie and Delia are best friends that host a show on channel six that airs every Sunday (I believe)  from 11 pm to 1 am. Their show is about critiquing old horror movies while playing a role in front of the camera. They have been doing this show together for over a year and a half now. Delia struggles with the lost of her father and the fact that she and her whole family have mental issues. Meanwhile, Josie struggles with deciding what to do with her life after high school, her decisions lie within staying in town helping Delia with the show or moving on and working on her career as being a TV show host.

The characters were so full of life. Josie and Delia have the most amazing friendship ever, it’s so unique that people think they are sisters all the time despite either one of them not looking like each other. They made me laugh so hard throughout this entire story. There’s a scene in the book (not spoilers I promise) where there’s a fight going on, like a professional looking fight, there’s a ring, boxers, etc., and Delia shouts:

“Make him feel like every day is Monday”

I don’t know why, but I laughed so hard during that scene I had to stop reading and wipe the laughing tears under my eyes. Josie and Delia make me feel so happy and despite the fact that they have their own problems, they still find their way back to each other.

Delia’s mom has mental health issues and that is something that Delia struggles with too, but something that I loved seeing in this story was the fact that Zetner didn’t make her hate her mom. Delia loves her family, however broken it may be. And her mom turns out to be one of the coolest moms out there despite her issues with herself. I also have to say that Delia is my favorite character on this book. Not only does she have a name similar to mine, but she feels so real throughout this entire story. I have a story similar to hes and her character hit home for me. Moreover, people said that this was the one book from Jeff Zetner that wouldn’t make you cry and they lied. I cried like a baby. There were moments in this book that I suffered through and it honestly was my fault for thinking that I wasn’t going to cry.

I get lonely sometimes, but so does everyone else. We’re all looking for some sort of salvation in something.

I read this whole book thinking that this book is 100% Zetner. I can see him liking mix martial arts, old horror movies, and fart jokes. Yep, all of that is in this book. If you want to die laughing, then please read this book. If you like Adam Silvera (but not in his everyone has to die way), Becky Albertalli, David Levithan, etc., then you’ll for sure love this book. If you are 10 years old and older, you can also read this book. And as always, I want to thank you guys for taking the time to read my post. I truly appreciate it.

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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Crown of Feathers,” by Nicki Pau Preto

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  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • Pub Date:  February 12, 2019
  • Genre: Ya, Fantasy, LGBT
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Product #: 9781534424623
  • Pages: Hardcover, 496

Hold on and buckle up guys, this is going to be a long one.

First off, it took me 4 days to read this book. FOUR DAYS. Now you may say, “okay, Denia, what’s the big deal with that?” Well, I could’ve read another two books in the time it took me to read that book. It’s not so much its length, it was more its content and I’ll talk more about that later, but first let me give you a basic rundown of the book.

So, apparently, the premise of the book doesn’t explain the story, according to my boyfriend, who had a bunch of questions about the story’s development because the blurb was bad at explaining what this story was about. I’m going to try and explain this story in similar words that I used to explain to him without spoiling.

Basically, a long time ago there were two sisters that were to rule their kingdom together. One sister possessed the magic to control and talk to animals–Animage, the people with that ability were called. Each animage had the potential of becoming a phoenix rider, which in this world is a great privilege. The sister with the power had become a fearless rider and one of the best. A disagreement happened between the sister causing the kingdom to split in half and both sisters to fight against each other, animage against human. The animage sister was defeated and forced to flee her kingdom, making every animage in the kingdom illegal, so they were either executed along with their phoenixes or forced into slavery. Those animages that still lived, now live in hiding in fear of being captured and killed. Phoenix birds were chased into extinction making the finding of eggs and breeding of them even more illegal but more wanted at the same time.

“Dead men tell no tales–and point no fingers”

Enter Veronyka and Val, a bunch of years later. Both of them are sisters, animages in hiding in fear of getting caught, always moving around and never settling anywhere. Val is the older sister and she’s mean like b-word mean. Veronyka, 16, has dreamt all of her life of being a phoenix rider just like the old tales talked about the First Riders. She longed to find a phoenix egg of her own, to hatch it and to form a special bond with the animal just so that she can soar the sky and find her true purpose in life. Val was very controlling and manipulative of Veronyka and one day Val betrays her causing Veronyka to run away from her sister.

Veronyka chooses to follow her dreams of becoming a rider without the help of her sister and that’s when she encounters a camp full of riders in hiding. Only to realize that men are the only ones allowed to ride. Knowing this, she disguises herself as a boy just so that she can make her dreams come true, no matter the cost.

Now, the story itself was great! I loved the whole thing. But it was sooooooo long! Oh my God, I thought I was going to die. By the time I finished reading the book, I had a headache. Now, there are only about 500 pages on this book, but the lining and spacing between the characters were shorter than your normal YA book and the font was smaller too (LOL at least it felt like it). But not only did it felt long because of that but also because of how much information was on that book. It was like a reading a story but reading a history book at the same time. My mind was tired.

This book alternates between the POVs of different characters and in between those POVs there are history lessons of who they are, who they were, etc, as if the author was trying to teach us the world as we go along. That being said, the world-building was great. Those phoenixes descriptions could put your mind to wonder. And with all that description she did of the before and now and explaining to us how things were done then and why this and why that, you get a pretty good grip of it. But, that can also backfire, because not only once but multiple times did I find myself getting lost in this book. There was just so much to take in, at times it felt too overwhelming.

That’s the thing with secrets… They never really die. Just when one bursts into flames, another rises up to take its place.

Back to POVs though. This story is written in the third-person narrative, we follow the voices of Veronyka, Sev, and Tristan. There are other characters that have a POV but that’s only like one chapter and they are not that relevant.

Veronyka is our heroine, she’s been slowly suffering taking the emotional abuse that her sister treated her with, that she’s a broken shell of a person when she leaves her side. However, despite her being hurt by the sister she loves, she still finds her voice and fights for what she truly believes in. Even if that means changing who she is (physically). I do like how even in her boy state, she fought for women’s right in their hideout when she was with the hidden riders. She was always questioning why couldn’t girls do this or why couldn’t girls do that. Nyk, her name after, was also strong at the moment that mattered the most and I love seeing that on her. Despite the fact that she was a kid, she showed strength like no other and I loved that side of her.

Sev is a hidden animage soldier that works for the kingdom that hates animages, hence why he hides it. He is telling another side of the story that’s happening with the kingdom itself. You’ll have to read it to see what I mean, but his character is flawed. He’s scared that he’s going to be busted, he doesn’t care about anyone but himself and he’s trying to escape from the holds of the kingdom. But later, due to circumstances coming between his escape, he is forced to choose a side, either choose to be the animage that he is and rebel against the kingdom or die as a lying soldier. He, later on, finds his voice and he makes a decision that changes his life forever. I do admire the strength and courage of him.

And there’s Tristan, son of the Commandant of the riders in hiding. He’s trying to prove to his father that he can be a very strong general just like him, but nothing he does gets his father’s approval. He’s very stubborn, hardheaded and volatile, but there’s something about him that makes him falter, and is the fact that he’s afraid of something that impedes him from being the best rider he can be. I believe this fear is what drew me to him. Tristan can be dark and brooding but deep inside he’s just like the rest of us, fighting our own demons.

There are other secondary characters like, Kade who’s an a-hole but I ended up liking him in the end, although I wish I could’ve had more of HIS end. And then there was my favorite character in the whole book, Sparrow. I was really disappointed that she gave me so little of her. From the little of her that was in the book, I found strength, courage, this great sense of being, she was great. She really is one of the best characters in this book and I sure hope we get to see more of her in the next one. Also, she made me cry like a baby because her scenes were so good.

Overall, I did feel like this book was too long but I also understand why she needed to make it as long as she did. I personally didn’t care for the history lessons but they were there to help me understand the reasoning behind its people and the reason they were doing what they were doing. She provides a glossary and a timeline at the end that I found extremely helpful so I would recommend looking at that before reading the book, just so that you can get an idea of what you are getting yourself into.

Besides the fact that this felt like a mix of a history book mixed with fantasy, I did enjoy the story regardless of how hard the journey was. If you are a reader that liked And I Darken, The Grishaverse, Truthwitch, Three Dark Crowns, Circle of Shadows, etc., I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy this book. For readers 10-years old and older. (Moms don’t worry, there’s not even a freaking kiss in this book) (yes, I’m very disappointed). And, I want to thank you guys for taking the time to read my review, I truly appreciated.

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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Fame, Fate, and The First Kiss,” by Kasie West

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  • Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
  • Pub Date: February 5th, 2019
  • Genre: YA Fiction, Romance
  • Publisher: Harper Teen
  • Product #: 9780062675804

Aww, this book was so adorable. I truly enjoyed reading this book. Reading a Kasie West book always makes me lighthearted and happy 🙂

In this book, we follow the story of Lacey Barnes who just get this gig in an upcoming movie that will make her career flourish as an actress. She’s a seventeen-year-old actress with dreams of becoming a superstar one day. In this film that she’s working on, she’s working with famous actor Grant James, which will bring people to see the movie and at the same time make people notice her.

In this book, Lacey is faced with what any teenager would face being in her position. She’s still trying to finish school while at the same trying to find chemistry with her co-star and living under the roof of an overprotecting dad. Her career seems to take more of her time though, so that’s why her dad hires a tutor to help her with her school work so she doesn’t fall behind. Enter tutor, Donovan, he’s a student from the school who choose to sponsor her independent study and he’s the cutest guy ever.

Lacey is very funny, determined and strong-minded. There are people who believe she might be a nobody and that are trying to ruin her career but she wants to prove to everyone that she can make it. She made me laugh so much and she’s such a witty and easygoing character. I fell in love with her immediately.

This book talks about insecurities, how to deal with divorced parents, friendships, how to handle fame, and more. I did like the spot that Kasie gave the superstar main actor, Grant James, because the fact that he was famous, she still showed him down to earth and vulnerable. Amanda is another one of Lacey’s co-stars who like Grant, but she isn’t snobby either, which is normally to be expected but in this case, it wasn’t. She was a great friend to Lacey and enjoyed their friendship.

West’s writing is still beautiful–it manages to pull you through and she makes the book stick with you even months after you’ve finished reading. This book was also original in its own way. Normally when authors write about movie stars or the filming of a movie, they usually make the not known star fall for the very popular one and in the process manages to make everyone else look very snobby and entitled. This read was such a refresher for me and I cannot wait to read her next one! I seriously own all of her books, she’s such a good writer.

If you like Morgan Matson, Jennifer E. Smith, Jenna Evans Welch, Ashley Poston, Becky Albertalli, etc., I would recommend you reading this book. If you are 12 years old and older you could also read it. Also, I want to thank you for taking the time to read my review. I truly appreciate it.

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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “On The Come Up,” by Angie Thomas

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  • Rating: 5/5 Stars
  • Pub Date: February 5th, 2019
  • Genre: YA Fiction
  • Publisher: Balzer and Bray
  • Product #: 9780062498571

Oh, guys, this was such a great book. I laughed so hard, I cried, I died and then I was alive again.

This book follows the story of Brianna Jackson. She’s from the same neighborhood that THUG was written in and we follow her story, in first person narrative, from her point of view. In this book, Bri wants to be a rapper just like her daddy was and she gets to do rap battles, upload a song and became super famous around her town.

This book was great. It wasn’t as dark as Angie’s other book, but it was good nonetheless. I liked this one more because I had more fun reading this one than the other one. THUG is a book that is very serious and for an obvious cause. However, this one is not as harsh. Don’t get me wrong. In this book we still harassment and mistreatment from security figures to people of color. Bri is from the ghetto part of town and her family is poor and we get to see her struggle through that and I think Angie did an incredible job in taking us through what a family in that situations goes through.

Bri’s mom was a drug addict, her father was killed when she was younger by some gang members, her aunt is part of a gang. Here, we see it all and I’m so glad Angie wrote this book the way she did. This book is not only about struggles living within “the hood” but it’s also about support from friends and family. It’s also about growing up, learning from one’s mistakes, supporting those who are hurting and learning to be humble. There are issues with race, with drugs, with gang members, with authority violence and power abuse but there are also family struggles.

But that’s not all, there’s also love, there’s also talk about justice, hope, and many other things that make Bri the person that she is. Bri is hardheaded, determined and has a strong passion for rap. There are many people who try to tell her what to do, who try to change who is she but she’s very strong and learns from her mistakes. The main concept of this book is music and how many black lives thrive on making music. Bri’s story is about pursuing her dreams and finding her voice in a world full of other people who will tell you that your music is not good.

Besides THUG, I’ve never read a book that reads the way we talk, if that makes any sense. Every time I read a YA book there’s always the use of “proper” language but here, Angie writes the way we young ones talk. There’s a lot of slang, cursing and meme talking, and you would think that that would be weird by Angie makes it work. I found myself rapping along with Bri and everybody else when the played her song.

You can’t stop me on the come up

I admit I was a little bit nervous to write this review because I don’t think I can do it justice. I hope for a movie of this one as well.

Again, this book was incredible and a lighter read that The Hate U Give, so if you don’t want to jump straight into THUG, I would recommend reading this one first and then reading her other book. This is standalone so you don’t have to read THUG to read this one, although it would be preferred. I would recommend this book if you are trying to find out what young POC go through in this world. If you like Nic Stone, Jason Reynolds, Tiffany Jackson, Ashley Woodfolk, and Renee Watson. Also, if you are 13 years old and older you could read this book too!

I want to thank you for taking the time to read my post, I really appreciate it. I will see you in my next post!

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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “King of Scars,” by Leigh Bardugo

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  • Rating: 4/5 stars
  • Pub Date: January 29th, 2019
  • Genre: YA Fantasy
  • Publisher: Imprint
  • Product #: 9781250142283

Finally finished reading this book last night, so technically it’s my last book of January. I was super excited to see where the story took Nikolai in this duology and I got to read through it last night.

I want to say that this story took longer to develop than others I’ve read by Leigh Bardugo. I love all of her books and I was very excited about this one. However, I was not as impressed with this books as I was with the other ones.

In this story, we follow king Nikolai trying to save Ravka after the darkling incident and this is after Six of Crows as well. Six of Crows is this other duology that came after the Grishaverse series and I would highly recommend reading Six of Crows duology before reading this one because this one contains a MAJOR Crooked Kingdom spoiler. Like HUGE! So, if you haven’t read those yet, please do. They are, by far, my favorite books by Leigh Bardugo.

As mentioned previously, Nikolai is trying to bring Ravka back together after defeating the darkling. There are still some enemies that loom nearby, trying to kill him and take control over Ravka. There is also still danger for the Grisha everywhere outside of Ravka, so we see that take place in this book. There are multiple POVs in this book and all of them seem to flow along with the book. Nina is a soldier of Nikolai sent to save Grisha from all over, so we get to see her in this book too. And I promise you she is amazing as always! So sexy. Zoya is Nikolai fierceless commandant, at some point, I did feel like both of them were going to kill each other.

Leigh’s writing is still great. I do have to admit that you have to brush up on their languages before reading this one because it did get confusing at some point. However, Bardugo manages to bring you through her story and you feel everything the characters are feeling. Her world building was okay, it could’ve been better but I feel like the reason she didn’t focus so much on making her world perfect was that she had five other books to back her up. So, if you read her other books before this one, you are most likely to really enjoy the scenery of this one without too much explanation.

I would recommend this book to anyone who’s read her other books if you like Jay Kristoff, A Curse so Dark and Lonely, The Gilded Wolves. If you are 12 years old and older.