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Review: Kiss Collector

Title: Kiss Collector

Author: Wendy Higgins

Date of Publication: December 18th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

When seventeen-year-old Zae Monroe gets cheated on by the only guy she’s ever loved, then watches her parents’ marriage crumble, she decides to forget about relationships and turn the tables on the boys of the world. It’s time to take what she wants, and what she wants are kisses. Athletes, musicians, poets, and bad boys—their lips are all on her agenda, and it’s time to collect.

Zae proposes a contest with her friends to see who can kiss the most boys during spring break. But what starts as a harmless competition leads to a downward spiral she can’t seem to break free of. As family, academic, friend, and guy drama come to a head, Zae is forced to face the reasons behind her boy angst, and starts to wonder if she was wrong about the male race…or at least some of them.

 

My Review:

I’m a big fan of Wendy Higgins’ books, so it’s no surprise I really liked this one. It was a fun and sometimes emotional ride that was a great escape from a lot of the books I’ve been having to trudge through lately. Plus, there was kissing! Lots of kissing!

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Zae was a relatable character, especially when it came to her friends. It reminded me of my high school days. You have a group of girl friends and sometimes you love each other, sometimes you’re jealous of one another, but in the end, you always fight for one another.

I thought the poetry aspect was super cute, and there was one particular boy who held my attention for most of the story. I also really, really loved the ending!

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Review: Allied

Title: Allied

Author: Amy Tintera

Date of Publication: May 1st, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

In the final book in the New York Times bestselling Ruined series, the romance of The Selection and the epic stakes of Red Queen come together in a story of revenge, adventure, and unexpected love.

Emelina Flores and her sister, Olivia, were determined to bring peace to the people of Ruina. But as the war for liberation raged on, what triumph and freedom meant to Em and Olivia slowly changed. As Olivia’s violence and thirst for vengeance became her only ambition, Em was left to pick up the pieces.

But it’s not only Em who is upset by Olivia’s increased violence. Other members of the Ruined army are beginning to see the cracks, and soon a small group of them defects from Olivia’s army and joins Em instead. The two sisters are soon pitted against each other in an epic battle for the kingdom and the future, and only one will win.

My Review:

I have been a huge fan of this series, and I also loved Amy Tintera’s other duology! I was wondering how this would end. Good? Bad? Ugly? I’ll just say it ended how I wanted, but the road getting there wasn’t fist pumping worthy.

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I did like this book, but didn’t love it as much as the other two. I liked Galo, but I wasn’t rooting for his chapters in this book. I just wanted to keep getting back to the others’. However, his relationship with Mateo was extremely cute.

Loved Em! Loved Cas! My two little babies will forever hold a special place in my heart. Olivia was still cray-cray and as hostile as ever.

I actually think this trilogy would have worked better as a duology, but it was still fun, full of action, and sprinkled with cute romance. Plus, Tintera’s dialogue is always the best!

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Review: Escaping from Houdini

Title: Escaping from Houdini

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Date of Publication: September 18th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?

My Review:

This is such a fun series. I like the gory factors, Cresswell—especially Cresswell, and the cool themes that are intertwined. So when I saw carnival on a ship, I was incredibly ecstatic.

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Let me start out by saying the book started off very well—we get some killing right away. But then a mysterious guy with a face mask who is the carnival’s leader, Mephistopheles, comes into the picture. This is where our girl, Audrey Rose, starts getting a little ridiculous.

My favorite thing about this series has been how Audrey and Thomas Cresswell are a team. A lot of this book Cresswell wasn’t even there … but Mephistopheles was. Uh oh, that means possible love triangle. I hate when you’re so invested in two characters, especially when you are at book three—there does not need to be another guy in the picture!

Anyway, so besides Audrey and her ridiculous choices, I loved the book! The atmosphere was gorgeous, awe-inspiring and creepy—a mixture of the best kind. It was incredibly well written, and I’m excited to see what happens in book four!

Have you started this series yet?

 

 

Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight

Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Date of Publication: May 1st, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it.

My Review:

I know this is a novella so I wasn’t expecting anything too crazy. I just love this world in general, even though I was frustrated with some things here. To start off with, what was the point of Mor’s chapters? Just felt they were out of place. Especially since this is a bridge between book 3 and 4, so obviously the main character who is in book 4 would have chapters here along with Feyre and Rhys, but why Mor?

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Also is Tamlin getting a book? I need to be in his head! I feel for the beast and think he’s changeable and redeemable. Also why the heck is Elain so rude to Lucian for no reason? I could see if he was being a creep and stalking her … just don’t get it. I want to see the Nesta who we saw in book 3, not whatever she has become. My baby Azriel, I need a full book on you!

As always, the chemistry between Rhys and Feyre was on fire! They have such a beautiful bond. Overall, as a novella, I feel it was a good glimpse of what is to come… I just wish the full book was coming sooner!


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Review: The Bone Roses

Title: The Bone Roses

Author: Kathryn Lee Martin

Date of Publication: May 8th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Rags is the most feared Rustler in the world, and for good reason. When she’s not raiding the post-Yellowstone Kingdom’s established settlements for supplies to keep her frontier, Rondo, alive another day, she’s fending off witch hunt-happy villagers who want her rare blue eyes in an unmarked grave.

But when the Kingdom strikes back, kills Rags’s best friend, and sends its second-in-command to destroy Rondo in four days, Rags must make a choice: seek revenge, or save her loved ones who are trapped in a town bound for slaughter broadcast Kingdom-wide. With little more than a stolen dream to guide her, and a growing attraction to a sly Kingdom informant, Rags is about to give the Kingdom four days it’ll never forget—if the bounty on her head doesn’t get her killed first.

My Review:

I haven’t read too many YA western inspired books, okay only one, and it was earlier this year. And that particular book didn’t live up to its cover or blurb since western stuff was barely in it! However, this book lived up to the magnificent cover and blurb! I loved the main character Rags!

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Early on in the book, I was already left emotional by a particular  incident! I was like noooooooo! I’m not usually affected so soon by characters, but here I was—wounded. Rags was a great character! I’m not going to lie, when a book is in first person for the entire book, I tend to get annoyed with the character in parts, but not here. Rags was easy to relate to and all around bad A.

For you romance lovers, there is a sweet one that brews but for you romance haters, don’t worry, it doesn’t overshadow the plot. There’s plenty of great world building, writing, likable characters, action, and awesomeness! Definitely recommend and can’t wait for book 2!

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Movie Review: A Quiet Place

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IMDB Summary: A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.

 

 

My Review:

I don’t know what to say anymore. Another let down—overhyped. Everyone I know has told me how good this movie was, and maybe I’ve seen way too many horror movies, but come on!

I will say my favorite aspect was the family dynamic, maybe it’s because I have a child of my own and would do anything to protect her. And I feel like that is the heart of this movie, which I loved.

Now let’s get to the monster/alien peeps. First, the whole thing gave me Signs vibes, except I actually preferred that movie to this one. Also the whole no making sound things was hypocritical in the fact that when the creatures make noises, example ripping up cars, no other creatures come out?? If they are blind, how do they know it’s one of their own making those noises? They don’t! There were cliches as well—example, opening scene and the end. No spoilers, though.

Back to the family… I absolutely adored Millicent Simmonds who was excellent as the deaf daughter. Emily Blunt and John Krasinski were great and had a lovely relationship—probably because they are married in real life. Overall, I would just liked to have seen the horror aspects not be so unoriginal. I did like it better than IT, which was also over-hyped. Maybe I just shouldn’t watch new horror movies.

 

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May Reads 2018

I have two books definitely planned for this month which I am ecstatic for! I’m really hoping A Court of Frost and Starlight gives a hint of who the next book will be about. I’m also ready for the conclusion in the Ruined trilogy! Amy Tintera writes characters so well.

 

Other book releases this month!

 

What are you reading this month?