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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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Monthly Wrap-Up | February 2019

Well, we all know that February is a short month, so it is needless to say that this month flew by. I didn’t get to read as much as I wanted to, but still enjoyed the books I did read. This month I got to read greatly anticipated releases and other books from my TBR that I wasn’t able to read before. I even read a couple of adult romance ebooks that I counted as reading one book because they were a series of shorts books.

So, without further ado, here are the books that I’ve read this month:

  1. On the Come up by Angie Thomas ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
  2. Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
  3. Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
  4. Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
  5. Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. Blooodwitch by Susan Dennard ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  8. Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
  9. Furyborn by Claire Legrand ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
  10. Two Weeks Notice and Naughty Boss by Whitney G. (Between the both) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’ve yet to post a review for Furyborn and my reviews for the books of Whitney G are short and are only available on my Goodreads page. But anyways, I enjoyed this month very much. I might be able to read an extra read tonight, so I’ll update this post if I get to finish reading it tonight. Also, I refused to write a review for Bloodwitch because of how disappointed I was with it. I was expecting so much from it and well, a three-starred review is all you get to know about it.

I want to know how your February reading were, let me know if we got to read the same books this month, let me know which ones I haven’t read that you get to read. 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 | “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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Thursday Thoughts | 14 Romances for Your Single Self

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Yep, I’m posting that cliche post that I’m pretty sure a lot of bloggers are going to be posting today. I wanted to do a post where I mentioned YA romances but then I got lost because I didn’t know which category to write it on. I didn’t know if I wanted to make contemporary romance or fantasy romance or adult romance. So I decided to do all three. A category for each and every single one of you single people out there, just so that you don’t feel as lonely. You are welcome.

Thursday Thoughts are going to be the posts that I would be posting on a Thursday if it’s not a review. Just as FYI. I’m not sure if this has been created before, but if you guys want to go ahead and join, then please do so.

14 YA CONTEMPORARY ROMANCES

  1. Fame, Fate and the First Kiss by Kasie West
  2. Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertally
  3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  4. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  5. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
  6. Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby
  7. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Alejandro Saenz
  8. Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
  9. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  10. Tell me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
  11. Geekerella by Ashley Poston
  12. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
  13. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  14. The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder

14 YA FANTASY ROMANCES 

  1. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
  2. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  3. Vampire Academy/Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead
  4. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  5. Tiger’s Curse  by Colleen Houck
  6. Kanin Chronicles by Amanda Hocking
  7. Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  8. Covenant Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  9. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
  10. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
  11. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  12. The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
  13. Carry on by Rainbow Rowell
  14. Twilight by Stephanie Perkins

14 ADULT ROMANCES TO MAKE YOUR HEART RACE

  1. Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day
  2. Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
  3. Sweet Addiction by J. Daniels
  4. Born in Trilogy by Nora Roberts
  5. Sign of Seven by Nora Roberts
  6. Forbidden Men Series by Linda Kage
  7. Friend-Zoned by Belle Aurora
  8. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  9. On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
  10. Game on by Kristen Callihan
  11. Fever Series by Karen M. Moning
  12. Until Series by Aurora Rose Reynolds
  13. Captive in the Dark by Reynolds
  14. 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James

I wanted to write a description for all of these but the post was going to be too long, so I decided to give you the titles and the authors instead. However, I truly encourage you to look into these books because they are very good! The ones that I really wanted to bring attention to were the adult ones. They have adult sexual content, only for readers 18 years old and older. And say what you say about 50 Shades, I loved the whole series so much. Also, can someone recommend me something similar to the Fever Series by Karen M. Moning?

Anyways, this is my recommended Valentine’s list for you guys to read. If you have a partner then read them for fun like I do. I hope that you find your new favorite romance from this list and if you do, please let me know down below. I would like for you to give me recommendations for any more books you think I should add to this list. Have you read any of these books before, if so, which ones did you like and which ones you didn’t?

Thank you guys for taking to the time to read my post. I truly appreciate it.

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Miscellaneous Monday | YA Heroines You Probably Don’t Know About

Miscellaneous Monday is for whatever you want to write that isn’t part of a tag and that you want to post on a Monday. So it’s pretty much any blog post that you want to post on a Monday that doesn’t follow your regular posting schedule. You guys are more than welcome to use the “MM” for your Monday postings if you’d like. I do ask you to Tag me, please. Now, to the actual post.

Okay so, for this Monday, I decided to show you Heroines that I believe are very underrated for how good they are and because of how underrated they are, you may have not heard of them–so, let’s change that. Also, women’s day is coming up next month so why not get a little bit prepared for that.

Now, when I was researching the names of the characters (because I cannot possibly remember the names of all of them) I either found the full name or only the first name, so I’m sorry if the names are not complete. On the other hand, in some of these books, the authors don’t mention anyone’s last name, so it may not all totally be my fault. Moreover, I went ahead and added the Goodreads link to each of these books just so that you can read more about them if you’d like.

  • Caledonia Styx from SeafireOkay, so, I love this girl. She is a true captain if I’ve read one. Yeah, she is young and you can see that in many of the decisions she makes, like putting her vengeance before her girls, but regardless, she shows courage, strength, and passion throughout this whole story. Caledonia is the captain of her own ship and there are only girls aboard it. It’s the perfect Pirates of the Caribbean meets Mad Max Fury meets Wonder Woman combo, you will love it.
  • Evie from Sea WitchThis is one of the characters whose last name I couldn’t find but she’s so great. What truly impressed me of her was how selfless she was. She gave everything she had to save those who matter the most to her. This is an Ursula from the Little Mermaid backstory. In a way, the author humanizes Ursula in front of our eyes and makes her seem completely different than who we know from the movie. Please read this book if you ever get the chance, it’s a story about friendships, love, and a true act of selflessness.
  • Spensa from SkywardShe was an odd character, to say the least, but she still sparked nonetheless. In this world, Spensa (Spin) wants to be a pilot and fight for what would be considered the army on her planet, but there are certain complications that prevent her from becoming the pilot she always wanted to be. Spensa is young but she’s so full of life. Despite the complications that the school present to her, she manages to push through it all and stick along to follow her dreams, not letting anyone or anything get in her way. She’s also a very bold character, LOL, you’ll see what I mean once you read the book.
  • Qole from Shadow run I never got around writing a review for this book but I enjoyed it a lot. Qola is a character that I really enjoyed, she is captain of her own ship, she doesn’t give no fu*ks, and she’s truly incredible. This Scifi novel follows her story and some kind of Prince through the Galaxies trying to find a purpose for their lives and soon, Qole realizes that not everything in life is just about survival. This is such a great book with such a great main character. Qole reminds me of Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy, you know, minus the green skin.
  • Amani Al’Hiza from Rebel of the Sands: this book reminds me of the Disney movie,  Prince of Persia, I don’t know why but it just reminds of it. But anyways, in this book our Heroine is amazing. She has her flaws and her fears and yet, she manages to be very strong in all of the situations that are thrown at her. This book is heavily action based mixed with a big chunk of fantasy, so if you haven’t read this book, then now it’s the time.
  • Harper from A Curse So Dark and LonelyYo, this girl is my girl. Probably my favorite book I read so far this year. This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling but this retelling is so not what I was expecting it to be. Harper, she’s a badass b*tch. Like, she got, quite literally, plucked into this world where all of the sudden there’s a prince and castles and none of the things she’s ever dealt with. What impresses me the most about her is how she goes about adjusting to this new world she lives in. She has a disability that causes her to be a little bit clumsy, and yet, she’s so confident, full of life. A true warrior. Guys, I don’t think I can emphasize enough how great this book was, I REALLY NEED YOU TO READ IT. Harper was the best part of this story, I promise she won’t let you down.
  • Veronyka from Crown of Feathers: Despite her being so young, Veronyka shows strength like no other. When she finally leaves her sister’s side to follow her own dream, when she changes her appearance to pursue what she truly believes in, and even when she went against orders to make a decision that saved millions of lives, she showed strength through it all. Not only that, but she’s was also vulnerable and scared and in many instances, she doubted herself and who she truly was, I find that so comforting and really necessary for characters to find themselves through stories–and Veronyka did just that.
  • Anouk from Grim LoveliesOur heroine in this one is subtle at the beginning but shows her strength nonetheless. Anouk is about to lose her life, which then sets her in a journey all across France trying to find someone that can save her. She has never been outside before but that doesn’t mean that once she truly goes out there she can’t handle herself. In this story, Anouk teaches us to be patient, despite the fact that your life might just end in a couple of days. It teaches us about love and friendship and how with a little bit of magic things might be alright. I would highly recommend reading this one.
  • Mariko from Flame in the Mist I don’t think you understand how much I love Mariko. Like, this b*tch is THE B*TCH, you know what I mean. In her trip to meet the man she was going to marry for her family’s purpose, her caravan gets ambushed and someone tries to kill her. By some great unknown miracle, Mariko manages to survive and instead of going home crying to hide behind her father’s shadow, she decides to find out who wanted to kill her and why. That’s when she finds these group of men in the forest that are some sort of clan, who she thinks are responsible for her almost death. She disguises as a boy to infiltrate the clan, but in it, she discovers more than she thought she would, and also finds out that these men are not who she thought they were. Mariko shows strength, love, compassion, and certainty throughout this whole story. I truly love it. Also, the love scenes in this book are to die for.
  • Lei from Girls of Paper and FireNow, although I wasn’t a fan of this story, I have to recognize that Lei is one of the greatest characters I’ve ever read. Like, in her situation, she manages to pull through every single obstacle that comes at her. When an opportunity presented itself to help, she didn’t hesitate to offer her hand even if she didn’t know truly what she was getting herself into. There’s a lot of things going on in this book, many dark things too, but still Lei was a great character to read so I would read this book if I were you 🙂

Well, guys, this is my list of YA Heroines that I believe are very underrated, and as you can see these are female YA characters published in the most recent years, I tried keeping it as close to now as I could. But anyways, please let me know if you have ever read any of these books, if you happen to know of any other underrated female heroine that you think I should know about, I’m always open for recommendations.

Furthermore, I didn’t add any other more recent YA Heroines because I really wanted to keep this post narrowed down to characters that I think deserve more recognition than what they originally had. I also want to give you guys an opportunity to probably set out of your comfort zone and read something that you may have not picked out otherwise.

Also, please tell me, what do you think of these characters? Are these books something that you find yourself relating with? If so, then which characters did you resonate the most? I’m sorry, I do not mean to give you homework, but I’m very curious as to what your answers are, LOL. And as always, I want to thank you, readers, for taking the time for reading 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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Trouble Tuesday | Black Women Authors To Read in YA

Trouble Tuesday is another post that I decided to create to post my posts on Tuesday. Is another series I want to start in my page, where if I’m not reviewing but still want to post something on Tuesday, I will label it Trouble Tuesday. Please feel free to join if you like.

Since February is Black History Month, today’s post is going to be focused on my favorite Black female YA authors. These authors represent a difference in the YA community, not only did they include POC in their books but they included what makes POC different from other characters. These writers have their own way of writing and bringing to light what many authors and social media decide to ignore.

Each one of these authors also brings inspiration to all of us authors in progress to make sure our voices are heard, just like theirs were. I decided to focus it only on female authors because as a feminist, I feel like they represent the community of girls who want their voices to be heard and they are an inspiration to all of us females authors to make a difference. I’m not saying that men voices are not as important, I’m saying that as girls seeing these female authors relate to us is what makes us happy.

  • Nicola Yoon: Everything, Everything, and The Sun is Also a Star
  • Tiffany Jackson: Allegedly and  Monday’s Not Coming
  • Ashley Woodfolk: The Beauty That Remains
  • Angie Thomas: The Hate U Give and On The Come Up
  • Ibi Zoboi: Pride
  • Dana L. Davis: Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now
  • Nic Stone: Dear Martin and Odd One Out
  • Tomi Adeyemi: Children of Blood and Bone
  • Renée Watson: Piecing Me Together and What Momma Left Me

Each of these books brings us a different perspective into a POC life. It is incredible how each one of these authors manages to bring their characters to life and also managing to makes us relate to them in every sense of the word. Many authors create their characters and forget that they are human (if they are human lol) but, what I’m trying to say is that no matter in what scenario/world these authors write their characters in, we can always manage to relate to them one way or another. They show us real-life problems, regardless of whether the book is fantasy or not.

If you haven’t read any of these, I highly recommend doing so. I feel like they are a major accomplishment in YA and that should be read no matter your age. These books are here to teach us about life, about what’s really going on out there, and it’s time YA literature becomes more represented as well.

I want to thank you guys for taking the time to read my post. I truly appreciate it. Follow me in all of my other social media just so that you can see more updates of my reading status, etc. Have a great one guys!