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Review: Everless

Title: Everless

Author: Sara Holland

Date of Publication: January 2nd, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

My review:

The first thing I thought when I read the summary for this book was that terrible movie In Time with Justin Timberlake. Come to find out it was a lot like that but a fantasy version.

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I found there was some creative aspects, but more than anything there was a whole lot of nonsense and soap opera feels. Is it possible soap opera fantasy can be a thing? Because that’s what this is! It was also a mixture of several other fantasies I have read.

My main pet peeve was this girl was so in love with this guy, Roan, yet she hadn’t seen him in ten years since the age of seven???? How can you even remember most of that? How can you even claim love at age seven?? I can understand if the last time she saw him was like around age thirteen, but come on!!! Also, Roan felt underdeveloped as did his brother Liam. It was always Jules remembering she hated Liam when she was seven, so he must be evil, right?

It was pretty predictable, but I will say the author wrote well. I just really wasn’t a big fan of Jules and her thoughts. Plus, most of the story made no sense. I normally love stuff that doesn’t make sense so not sure what the heck happened here. Again, the whole book was her thinking back to age seven… I’ll most likely still check out the next book at the library just to see how it ends.

 

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Review: Sky in the Deep

Title: Sky in the Deep

Author: Adrienne Young

Date of Publication: April 24th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Eelyn’s world is war. Raised to fight alongside her Aska clansmen in a generations-old blood feud against the Riki, her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki if she wants to make it back to the fjord after the thaw. But when she begins to see herself in the people she’s been taught to hate, the world Eelyn once knew begins to crumble. And after the village is raided by a ruthless clan many believe to be a myth, Eelyn is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend who has tried more than once to kill her. Together, they must end the blood feud between their clans or watch their people be slaughtered.

A lush, Viking-age inspired fantasy about loyalty, forgiveness, and the definition of family.

My Review:

So, is this really a stand alone? I mean, really? Because I’m tired of every single fantasy book having more and more books. The ending was awesome! But if the author wants to do a spin off, I would be okay with that.

Anyway, this book had lots of vikings, and lots of awesome hair. I want viking hair. There was brutal fighting mixed with family bonds, friendship, and romance—which filled my cup of tea completely up.

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Let’s just say I am all about axes now. Eelyn was a strong character, even though she questioned herself, questioned her people, questioned the Riki—it all made her human and the perfect MC. Fiske was quiet and stoic, but when he loved people such as his family, he protected them fiercely.

Overall, this book was a whole lot of fun, and I loved the author’s writing. I will definitely be reading whatever she puts out next!

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Review: The Last Girl on Earth

Title: The Last Girl on Earth

Author: Alexandra Blogier

Date of Publication: January 23rd, 2018

Goodreads Summary:

Li has a father and a sister who love her. A best friend, Mirabae, to share things with. She goes to school and hangs out at the beach and carefully follows the rules. She has to. Everyone she knows–her family, her teachers, her friends–is an alien. And she is the only human left on Earth.

A secret that could end her life.

The Abdoloreans hijacked the planet sixteen years ago, destroying all human life. Li’s human-sympathizer father took her in as a baby and has trained her to pass as one of them. The Abdoloreans appear human. But they don’t think with human minds or feel with human hearts. And they have special abilities no human could ever have.

Fit in or die.

When Li meets Ryn, she’s swept up in a relationship that could have disastrous consequences. How far will Li go to stay alive? Will she save herself–and in turn, the human race–or will she be the final witness to humanity’s destruction?

My Review:

What I liked best about this book was that it was a quick read! Every book I read lately seems to be like 500 pages or more. It also had my least favorite line “I released a breath I didn’t know I had been holding.” Come on! That sentence never makes any freaking sentence!

Ahead of time, this book definitely felt more like a contemporary than anything. There is this alien race now on Earth and Li is the only human. Since the setting is on Earth, not much seems different besides, they train hard and are super smart. Now, I didn’t mind that it felt more contemporary because the romance is sweet. But, I know how crazy some people get when books are more focused on the romance than sci-fi.

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Li and Ryn were both super likable. The romance is definitely inst-attraction which I don’t mine at all, but the romance built slower so that was nice. I’m also not super sure if this is a stand alone or not. The ending is left where there could be another one, but I think it should stay open ended.

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Review: Rebel

Title: Rebel

Author: Amy Tintera

Date of Publication: May 13th, 2014

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Goodreads Summary:

Wren Connolly thought she’d left her human side behind when she dies five years ago and came back 178 minutes later as a Reboot. With her new abilities of strength, speed, and healing—along with a lack of emotions—Wren 178 became the perfect soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Then Callum 22 came along and changed everything.

Now that they’ve both escaped, they’re ready to start a new life in peace on the Reboot reservation. But Micah 163, the Reboot running the reservation, has darker plans in mind: to wipe out the humans. All of them. Micah has been building a Reboot army for years and is now ready to launch his attack on the cities. Callum wants to stick around and protect the humans. Wren wants nothing more than to leave all the fighting behind them.

With Micah on one side, HARC on the other, and Wren and Callum at odds in the middle, there’s only one option left…

It’s time for Reboots to become rebels.

My Review:

This was an excellent ending to this fun series. There is a certain character named Riley who Wren meets up with, who was the one who originally trained her. He was awesome! Also, what I love is no love triangle!

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Wren and Callum were both so awesome! What I appreciate from Tintera is how she writes her characters. I tend to get annoyed with main characters easily, and I never felt that way with either of these two. Plus, Tintera knows how to write in humor well, even in books that have dark aspects. It rocks!

Besides the romance being swoony, the book was action packed! There was some interesting things we find out when Wren and Callum hit up the Reboot camp. I don’t want to give anything away! All I want to say is this series was great! I also can’t wait to read the conclusion to her other series (Ruined) later this year!

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Review: The Cruel Prince

Title: The Cruel Prince

Author: Holly Black

Date of Publication: January 2nd, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

My Review:

This is my first Holly Black book ever. However, my daughter has read the Spiderwick Chronicles and is a fan of those. I don’t know what I was expecting from this book. Maybe a little bit of darkness? Especially from the title. I’m not sure I got that exactly.

The opening Prologue was really good, but then things got pretty mundane for a while. The main character Jude, I really liked. She really wants to help the kingdom, even though she may have to betray some people in the process. I predicted a whole lot of things early on, and mainly because a certain character felt underdeveloped. I don’t want to give too much away, though.

Jude’s sister Vivi was my second favorite character, and Oak was so cute! Now as for Cardan, since the book is named the Cruel Prince after all, I was actually slightly disappointed in his character. I feel he was underdeveloped, too, but I’m hoping in book two he’s expanded upon. I think maybe because the book is from only one POV which I normally love, but here it would have been great to have been a few other character’s heads.

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As I said earlier, not much happened for a while until around maybe 66% (which is a long while). But when things finally started happening, I couldn’t put the book down. It definitely felt like an opening book of what’s to come. So, I didn’t love-love it, but I did really like it.

 

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Review: Pok Pok: The Drinking Food of Thailand

Title: Pok Pok: The Drinking Food of Thailand

Author: Andy Ricker with JJ Goode

Date of Publication: October 31st, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

A cookbook featuring the rich and varied drinking food of Thailand (and the drinks it’s consumed with), with 50 recipes and travelogue-like essays, inspired by Whiskey Soda Lounge, Andy Ricker’s Portland, Oregon, restaurant. 
A celebration of the thrill and spirit of Thai drinking food, Andy Ricker’s follow-up to Pok Pok brings the same level of authority, with a more laid-back approach. Just as America has salted peanuts, wings, and nachos, Thailand has its own roster of craveable snacks: spicy, salty, and/or sour, they are perfect accompaniments for a few drinks and the company of good friends. Accessible and detailed recipes like phat khii mao (drunkard’s stir-fry), kai thawt (Thai-style fried chicken), and thua thawt samun phrai (fried peanuts with kaffir lime, garlic, and chiles) provide all the tools to create the food and the experience of Whiskey Soda Lounge at home.

My Review:

It’s hard for me to judge books about food because they all look pretty good to me. I haven’t had a lot of Thai food, or well, any Thai food to be exact. However, I am wanting to try some now!

 

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My main problem about this book was how dated it look. The cover is fine, but the pictures inside looked like they were straight from 1990, and not in a cool vintage way. The food still looked delicious, but come on, the image quality could have been much better.

Besides that, the book was put together well with good info to go along with each photograph. Recipes seemed easy enough, but I still can’t get past the poor pictures! But not a big deal since you can cook something without a picture just by following the recipe.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

 

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Review: The Knot Yours Truly

Title: The Knot Yours Truly

Author: Carley Roney

Date of Publication: December 12th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Your wedding day is a unique opportunity to show the world just who you are as a couple. The Knot Yours Truly helps you envision your celebration–from the big decisions like venue to the small stuff like escort cards–and show off your particular style. Chock-full of fresh ideas for your ceremony, centerpieces, wedding cake, The Knot’s Yours Truly also includes 20 craft projects for personalizing your day. From invitation embellishments to a macrame leash for your four-legged ring bearer, this book has everything you need for the most extraordinary day.

My Review:

It’s been a while since I’ve been married, and even then I was never a fancy wedding type person. What I like, though, is weddings that are outside of the box. I was hoping to see some different type of stuff in here—like masquerade ball weddings or something.

Instead, it was just the typical wedding book, which is great if you love that type of stuff. I did think there were plenty of great photos. There was also diversity inside of the book, and a wedding with two women, which was excellent.

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There was a variety of weddings, including indoor and outdoors and plenty of ideas like food, etc. So, if you want a traditional wedding, you might want to check this book out. But for me, I wouldn’t have used this one.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

 

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