Friday, November 17, 2017

7 YA Reads Perfect for Fall!


Hello Folks! It is definitely Fall around here and actually starting to kind of feel like Winter… But if you are like me and are a mood reader or choose books that fit the weather outside, then you might enjoy this list! :) Here is my list of 7 books that you could read this Fall.




Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
by Maggie Stiefvater


I first read The Raven Boys a few years ago during the Fall so maybe that is why I feel like one should read this series during the Fall. This book is magical and yet it’s not. If you don’t understand what I’m saying, then read this book and see for yourself. Either way, I really enjoyed this book and so did a bunch of other people! This is a fantasy series that follows a somewhat odd, yet endearing, group of friends in their quest to find a dead and magical King.

It really does feel like Fall when you read this charming book!


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

10 Books I Want to Reread Now!

Hey everyone! I have been in such a weird reading mood for the past few months. Well...really like all year. :(

I think that this is the year that I have reread so many books and hardly read any newly released or new to me books! I just really want to reread so many of my old favorites. I don't get it but I'm happy that I'm at least still reading.

Anyways, I figured that I'd make a list of books that I really feel like rereading...again. Are you in the mood to reread any books? Let me know!


Monday, November 13, 2017

Review - Flame Kissed by Alexis Radcliff

Flame Kissed (Seeking the Dragon #1)
By Alexis Radcliff
Published August 18th, 2017
47 pages

*I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*

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Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

On a romantic night at a ski lodge, 17 year-old Ella Denton has the perfect opportunity to finally confess her feelings to her long-time crush, Nick Gauss, before she goes off to college. But before she has the chance, everything goes horribly wrong: Ella is kidnapped by a mysterious grinning monster-man to the heart of the Ether-Realm, a magical land with a strange red sky at the nexus of all possible worlds. She is placed in chains and taken to a golden city ruled by the dark and brooding dragon prince, Kaden Kolrath, and told that she is now his slave. 

It seems her fate is now to be lost forever in a strange land far from home, never to return to Nick or her family back home in Havery Falls. That is, until Ella discovers she carries a mysterious spark of power… a spark that could change everything, forever. 

Flame Kissed is the first book in Alexis Radcliff’s exciting new fantasy romance serial, Seeking the Dragon. It’s a short, 15,000-word novella perfect to knock out in a single, quiet evening, and one of five total episodes.


Friday, November 10, 2017

Review - Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

Without Merit
By Colleen Hoover
Published October 3rd, 2017 by Atria Books
384 pages

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Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Review - Sink by M.E. Rhines


Sink (#1)
By M.E. Rhines
Published July 31st, 2017 by Clean Teen Publishing

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*

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Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

Obedience has always been a matter of survival for sixteen-year-old mermaid princess Pauline. Her mother is the tyrannical Queen Calypso, who rules the kingdom of Atargatis with an iron trident. To utter one word against her would mean banishment--or worse--so Pauline bites her tongue and minds her manners. But on the eve of her sister's merling-shower, all of that is about to change. Confronted with the truth about what happens to the human men who are betrothed to the mermaids of Atargatis, Pauline realizes she can stay silent no more.

Determined to end the queen's dark tradition, Pauline goes along on a search for shipwreck survivors, secretly planning to free them. But things get complicated when she finds herself inexplicably drawn to one of the men. Before she realizes what's happening, she has kissed him--and a kiss from a mermaid is not without consequences. Now Pauline will have to risk everything if she is to save the young man and thwart the queen's dark plans...
 



Monday, November 6, 2017

Review - Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows #1) 
By Sophie Jordan 
Published February 9th, 2016 by Harper Teen 
304 pages

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Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

With lush writing and a star–crossed romance, Reign of Shadows is Sophie Jordan at her best.



My Rating:



Review:

So, I’ve been in a reading slump lately. Actually, I’ve been in a “get things done” slump lately. (If that even makes any sense.) But the good news is that I checked out Reign of Shadows and was actually able to finish it! This is big for me because I was on a roll and then it became so hard for me to even get past the first chapter in some books.


I will say that it took the first chapter to really be fully intrigued in this story but that’s just fine for me. Once I figured out Luna was blind I was definitely interested in how the story would play out. Just so you know, Luna’s blindness is discovered within the first few chapters so it’s not really a spoiler. I think it is actually essential to mention since this makes Luna such a unique character.


Luna is the lost princess of Relhok but that’s because she is being hidden in a tower by her two guardians. Luna knows that it is essential to stay hidden but that doesn’t stop her from dreaming of adventure and freedom. I definitely enjoyed Luna’s character. She was strong and she used her blindness to her advantage. She was able to do many things that seeing people can do and it almost reminded me of Daredevil (which I just recently binged watched on Netflix). She was pretty badass. :)  But there are also, obviously, things that she didn’t know or wasn’t aware of and it was great watching her learn about things through Fowler.


Fowler is a mysterious, brooding, pained, and talented archer that Luna rescues in the woods outsider her tower. From then on Fowler and Luna spend most of their time taking turns saving each other in various situations. I loved Fowler as much as I loved Luna. It was helpful to be able to read in his point of view too and to be able to learn about his past and fears. I absolutely loved reading about the two of them falling in love with each other.


Because of the eclipse that cloaks the kingdom and refuses to leave, there are some pretty scary things outside. There are bats that are four feet tall and dangerous dwellers intent on eating folks. A good portion of the action in this book was a result of Fowler and Luna fighting these grody dwellers as they made their journey.


Which reminds me, if you are looking for a good amount of action and reasons for why things are happening, then you might be a tad bit disappointed. There is action but it’s not diverse in a sense and while we do know why some things are happening, we don’t have all the answers yet.


I’m definitely looking forward to the next book to see if some of my questions are answered and because that ending was a total cliffhanger! If you are looking for a spin on a Rapunzel retelling or a unique fantasy read, then look no further!


Vanessa

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Review - The Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanes

The Victoria in My Head
The Victoria in My Head
By Janelle Milanes
Published September 19th, 2017 by Simon Pulse
400 pages

*I received an e-arc of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*

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Summary from Goodreads.com:

Victoria Cruz inhabits two worlds: In one, she is a rock star, thrashing the stage with her husky voice and purple-streaked hair. In the other, currently serving as her reality, Victoria is a shy teenager with overprotective Cuban parents, who sleepwalks through her life at the prestigious Evanston Academy. Unable to overcome the whole paralyzing-stage-fright thing, Victoria settles for living inside her fantasies, where nothing can go wrong and everything is set to her expertly crafted music playlists.

But after a chance encounter with an unattainably gorgeous boy named Strand, whose band seeks a lead singer, Victoria is tempted to turn her fevered daydreams into reality. To do that, she must confront her insecurities and break away from the treadmill that is her life. Suddenly, Victoria is faced with the choice of staying on the path she’s always known and straying off-course to find love, adventure, and danger.

From debut author Janelle Milanes comes a hilarious and heartfelt tale of the spectacular things that can happen when you go after what you really want.



Rating: 




So, it has definitely been awhile since I have typed up a review for this blog and I'm honestly feeling a tad bit rusty. :) Let's see how this goes though. 
The moment I saw the cover of The Victoria in My Head I knew I had to have it. The one thing that I love just as much as books (if not a tad bit more) is music. When I find a book about music? AMAZING! So I knew that I was going to want to read this before I even read the synopsis. When I found out that this book was about a girl named Victoria Cruz and how she dreams of being in a band I knew that I was going to fall in love. 
I wasn't wrong. The Victoria in My Head felt like a retelling of my own life. I could relate to Victoria in so many ways and I loved that! Victoria is Cuban American and while I'm Mexican American, there were so many similarities between her family and life and mine. And the main thing that I could relate to was her dream to be in a band. I absolutely LOVE to sing but I am dreadfully afraid of performing live so Victoria's journey was an inspiring one for me. 
But enough about me and more about how awesome this book was for being a debut for this author. This book was relatable (obviously) and it was real and fun. Victoria sounded like a real teenager and acted like one. She made mistakes here and there but they were normal for someone her age. I honestly had no problems with her character because I enjoyed watching her grow and gain confidence in herself. Her best friend and new friends were awesome as well. They were all unique and supportive when needed. 
The music aspect was just plain awesome but I'm sure you knew I'd say that. I loved watching Victoria and the band practice and grow together musically and as a group of friends. I felt like I was there watching them perform and like I could imagine performing myself. 
I was also pleasantly surprised with the romance aspect of this book. In the beginning, I thought I knew where it was going and then it changed course. 
If you can't tell, I really enjoyed this book! The conversations were witty and entertaining as was the whole book. The characters were great and I enjoyed the growth that they went through. I also enjoyed reading about Victoria's relationship with her family and the way they interacted. It reminded me at times about my family which is wonderful to see in books. And any book that has all of that AND music is an A+ in my book. :) I definitely recommend this book to music lovers and basically anyone in need of a pretty great read! 
Vanessa




Monday, July 3, 2017

Monthly Wrap Up - June 2017

Happy July! I thought I'd try and type up a June 2017 Wrap Up for you guys and hopefully make it a thing for myself to continue. To be honest, I'm kind of just typing this up as I go so I'm not quite set on the structure yet. Nonetheless, I thought I'd let you guys know which YA books I read this month as well as a few random favorites of the month. If you'd like to know which New Adult or Adult books I read this month, then head on over to Night Owls

Let's get started! 


Total Books Read - 11 books

Total # of YA Read - 3 books

Total # of MG Read - 1 book

Total # of NA/Adult Read - 7 books 

Total # of Reviews Posted - 2 reviews

This month I read The Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas.
All three books were 5 star reads for me! 

(Click on cover for Goodreads page.)

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)


The Middle Grade/Children's Book I read this month was The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey.
This book was a 5 star read for me!
Find my review over at The Young Readers!

(Click on cover for Goodreads page.)

The Bad Guys: Episode 1





My Favorite Young Adult Book of June was A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
This is the 3rd and most recent book in the series, but it is also the last one following Feyre and Rhy's story. This was such an AMAZING book and I had a book hangover for a few days because of it. :)

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)




One of my all time favorite bands is All Time Low and they released their latest album, Last Young Renegade, at the beginning of this month. It was quickly my most favorite album to listen to this month! The lyrics are relatable and so easy to sing along to.  I don't have a favorite song because I love each and every song on the album for different reasons but I really enjoy listening to Good Times. 
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If you haven't ever listened to All Time Low, then do so now! I just love them so much! Click on the album cover to visit their website.



I haven't been watching too many movies or TV shows this year so I won't always have an answer for this one. But this month I was able to watch Wonder Woman and it was AMAZING! Definitely my favorite of the month and one of my favorites of the year. So beautifully done, in my opinion! Also, I like looking at Chris Pine... But for real, this movie is awesome and you should totally see it if you haven't yet. Very empowering for sure! 


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I am looking forward to a few things in July. 
Lucky in Love by Kasie West is set to release on July 25th and I am ecstatic! I so enjoy reading Kasie West's books and I don't even have to know what this one is about to want to read it. 

But here's the summary just in case you'd like to know. :) 


Lucky in Love

In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture. 

Maddie doesn't believe in luck. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment --

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.



I'm also looking forward to Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 7th! Spider-Man is my FAVORITE Marvel superhero and I have always enjoyed watching each reboot that comes out. I'm a little nervous about this one but I'm excited nonetheless!

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So I'm currently trying to decide if I want to read Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett or Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith. Either way, I'll end up reading both of them but I just can't figure out which one to read first! 

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Here are some links to reviews/posts of mine that you might like to check out! Later on, I'll try to post some interesting articles/blog posts/videos that I enjoyed and would like to share with you. For now, you are stuck with me. ;)

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Past Reviews:





Thanks so much for reading this far! How was the month of June for you? Did you read any really good books? See any really good movies or listen to an album on repeat? Let me know in the comments below! 

Happy July, 
Vanessa

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review: Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger

Follow Me Back (Follow Me Back, #1)
Follow Me Back (Follow Me Back #1)
by A.V. Geiger
Published June 6th, 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire
368 pages

*I received an advanced review e-copy of this book from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts/opinions are my own. Thank you!*

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Summary from Goodreads.com:

Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…

Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.

When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…

Told through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts.


Review:
Follow Me Back was a definite surprise for me and in a completely good way. I was browsing NetGalley when I came across this book and the cover is what immediately drew me in. I just love the colors! But the synopsis definitely had me curious and when I was approved for this book, I was pretty excited. 













Follow Me Back is a mixture of things. It shows what it's like to fangirl over someone famous and talented. It also shows what it's like to have the complete fear of something because of personal traumas or things seen on the news. It mixes humor, romance, and suspense and does so fantastically. I so enjoyed this book and was hooked from the first few chapters. The ending had me desperately wishing I had the second book so I could find out what happened! 

I don't want to say too much because it's best to figure everything out on your own. You think you know what is happening one moment and then are surprised the next. 

But I can say that I enjoyed the characters, Tessa and Eric. I understood them and I felt for the struggles that they had. They were real and pretty cool. I also enjoyed the way this book had mixed media. The police reports were an awesome touch since I really love all things "Law and Order" like. And the social media really made it relatable since I also use Twitter quite a bit. :) 

There really wasn't much that I disliked about this story. Some of the characters were irritating but they were meant to be that way. 


I so enjoyed this book and was hooked from the first few chapters. It was addicting and suspenseful and just plain exciting. The ending had me desperately wishing I had the second book so I could find out what happened! Definitely, give this one a try! I don't think you'll regret it. :) 

Vanessa


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