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Most Anticipated February YA New Releases|2019

So, I’m super excited about February. There are so many books that I want to read, I feel like I’ll run out of time before the month ends. But this month it’s great for new releases.

February 5, 2019

  • Enchantee by Gita Trelease: This book is very interesting. It’s historical fiction based on the late 1700s in France. There’s a fantasy element to it as well and I’m excited for y’all to read it.
  • Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers: This one I’m super excited about. I got an arc for it in #Yallfest. I don’t know much about this book other than it looks amazing.
  • Fame, Fate, and The Kiss by Kasie West: I love and own all of the book by this author. She writes lighthearted fluffy stuff, and after all this fantasy I’ve been reading I really need to read this book.
  • Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian: This is book number two in the Ash Princess trilogy. I’m not sure if I’m going to read this one. AP didn’t do it for me, but I might give it a try.
  • On The Come Up by Angie Thomas: There’s not much I need to say about this book. We all know the amazing Angie and THUG. So, yeah, I NEED to read this one.

February 12, 2019

  • Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto: This one looks amazing. The cover does, and it has to do with phoenixes, so I’m sold.
  • Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard: I think I speak for everyone that WE ARE SO EXCITED THIS BOOK IS FINALLY COMING OUT. If I don’t read about #Baeduan soon, I think I might die. Aeduan was my favorite character in the whole series so I’m super hyped. AHHHHHHH HFBFBSDFBSBFBASEGFIWQAA;DDDJFJBDBFBS!!!!

February 26, 2019

  • Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zetner: I don’t know if you follow Zaddy on IG but he posted a picture of his next book (is not this one) where he was crying from writing it. This one is not supposed to make you cry. So, I’m glad that he published a funny one before he makes us go back to crying.
  • Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte: I really like the cover of this one though I’m afraid it’ll be like another Three Dark Crowns kind of book, so hopefully it’s good.
  • Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller: This has something to do with someone not fulfilling some destiny and then fighting to get back what’s rightfully hers. Also, sounds like Black Panther to me so I want to read it.

These are the books that I want to read for February and I’m so excited about all of them. I don’t know if I’ll get to read them all, but hopefully I do 🙂

Sound off below and let me know if you are as excited as I am for these upcoming releases. Do you have any different ones that I don’t have on my list? If so, please let me know!

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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Evermore,” by Sara Holland

4/5 Stars

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This book follows Jules as she flies from Everless because of terrible unforeseen consequences. It seems that what her father and Liam warned her about was true after all. Now she goes on a search to find out who she truly is and how she can destroy the evil. This book is told from her perspective only.

The author’s writing style is great. She uses very good descriptions to make us feel what the characters are feeling. She brings the feelings of the characters alive, if that makes any sense. Her writing is beautiful and melodious and very easy to follow. Mater of fact, if you an author in training and you would like to know how to develop characters emotions and how to compare/relate them to stuff, then you should most certainly read this book because of what a great job she does with that.

The world building was great too. She managed to pull us in to the world without being overwhelming but at the same time giving us enough information for us to get the concept of it.

Because a joke from someone you love has no teeth at all

For the characters, Jules is still her same old self. She is more determined to fulfill her destiny and find out who she is. Liam is as great as ever, still sexy. But her characters are very rich in personality and they have different qualities that separate them from one another. Jules is still learning throughout this story, and I like that the author made her vulnerable, even to her own powers–regardless of whether she is a powerful long forgotten alchemist. Sara also kept it PG-13 for the most part so parents, don’t worry, nothing too bad in here.

Anyways, I would recommend it to anyone that likes time stories. Like Passenger by Bracken, Timekeeper, TMI, Ash Princess, etc. Anyone 13 year-old and older can read it.

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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Smoke in the Sun,” by Reneé Ahdieh

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4.5/5 Stars

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Wow, once again mind-blown by the beautiful Reneé Ahdieh and her amazing writing. Even though half of the time throughout this books I had no idea what she was saying because many of the words used to described things were in a different language–though there’s an intensive glossary in the back–I didn’t get lost, not even once.

Here we follow the story of Mariko and Okami as they were dragged to the place following immediately after the ending of the last book A Flame in the Mist. In this book, we get different perspectives from various different characters and its written in the third person. Following the ambush of the Black Clan, Mariko has to figure out a way to save Okami and has to find a way to become someone of importance for the Black Clan. There’s political turmoil from within, family’s betrayal, broken hearts, and desperate cries. But at the end, we find our joy.

Mariko is not the same girl we started with in the first book, though in the first book she always seemed full of conviction, in this book we see it being part of her core. Spending time with those men in the woods taught her to believe in herself and to become stronger than she’s ever been before. We see her beeing tested throughout this book time and time again, yet Mariko’s resolved never faultered. She believed in a cause, and one cause only, and she would go to unknown lenghts to regardless of the consequenses, to save her people, to save Okami. She make sure they followed through. That’s something I admired from her in this book, in this story she had to make a choice for herself, could’ve chosen an easier route, but yet she didn’t. She choose to fight, and I truly apprecite divergence.

Ahdieh manages to bring one more time her beautiful writing in this one, and every once in awhile throughout this book I felt like I was reading a beautifully written folklore book that a grandma from Ireland was reading to her children. You know, the kind that passes by generations and that have the kids enthralled all the way to the end of the story. I honestly think she did a great job with world-building and the fact that she used the characters native language throughout this book made the story more diverse, made the story different. The way she portrayed the characters never felt lacking of anything. Renee made you feel the way the characters felt when you read them, if that makes any sense and each of thier thoughts were easy to follow.

If I do have to complain about anything I would say that the book felt a little bit rushed. There are moments throughout this book that I think she could’ve prolonged and/or moments that she could’ve added. There’s still some questions that I need answers to. Some scenes, especially in the last fifty pages or so felt rushed, and the book itself wasn’t very long, so I wouldn’t have mind if she were to add a couple pages to end just so that it can be more solidify. The didn’t necessarily end with a cliffhanger which is why I am confused as to whether there’s going to be another book or not.

Anyways, I would recommend this book if you liked her one, A Flame in the Mist, if you like Mulan, if you like Asian characters, if you like Mulan, oh, an if you like Mulan! There are some sensored sexy scenes in this book, so I would recommend it for ages 14 and up!

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BN Events: Riley Redgate.

Hi there,

Um, so for all of you guys who don’t know who Riley Redgate is, she wrote Seven Ways We Lie, and the book is pretty great. She is coming to Barnes & Noble in North Carolina. I am hosting this event in the Winston-Salem store. Fun activities, a lot of questions, and great reads! Please join me to welcome this new young adult writer who has a great potential. The meeting is March 18th, at 7pm.

P.S. I’ll write a proper review of the book once I’m done interviewing her. I think it would be interesting if I also included the conversation, and part of the day on my review! Thank you guys.

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