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Review: Immortal Reign

Title: Immortal Reign

Author: Morgan Rhodes

Date of Publication: February 6th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

As two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms.

Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he’s willing to sacrifice.

Lucia knows there’s something special about her daughter and she’ll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.

Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica’s future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.

Magnus and Cleo‘s love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart?

My Review:

Finally, we have reached the end of the Falling Kingdoms journey. And a very satisfying conclusion it was. Kyan, the fire god, was back and set on restoring his siblings.

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As with the other books there are multiple POV’s and just like last time, Cleo and Magnus were my favorites—especially Magnus. I could have actually done without Amara’s POV, but that’s because I have never really liked her to begin with and still don’t. But you can’t like all the characters in every book!

I loved the magic system in it, especially some of the scenes that showed Cleo and her water powers. It was great! Rhodes writing is easy to read and doesn’t get all crazy with lyrical prose, which I like! It has been a fun ride through this series! Now, I just need the third book in her spin-off series to hurry up and release!

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Cover Reveal: Kiss Collector by: Wendy Higgins

KISS COLLECTOR

from HarperTeen and Wendy Higgins

YA Contemporary Romance

Coming December 18, 2018

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Blurb:
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.

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Review: Alex, Approximately

Title: Alex, Approximately

Author: Jenn Bennett

Date of Publication: April 4th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is a whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

My Review:

This is the third Jenn Bennett book I have read, and it was super cute. However, I do like The Anatomical Shape of A Heart and Starry Eyes much more. Also, I seriously hate this cover! It could have been a hundred times better—but not a big deal.

I actually liked both of the character here and found them both adorable, but again, not as much as in Jenn’s other books. There was also some weird drama, like with the drug addict friend. Also, sometimes I wanted to shake Bailey and just yell, “Open up to him!”

I’m also not sure why Bailey didn’t tell Alex that she was moving to the West Coast. I get it she’s an “evader”, but still! The romance between Porter and Bailey was spot on—fighting to lovers is the best kind!

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Bennett always gives her characters distinct and awesome personalities that show great characterization. This was a fun read, and I was addicted to every page. I seriously can’t wait to read her next book!

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Review: Starry Eyes

Title: Starry Eyes

Author: Jenn Bennett

Date of Publication: April 3rd, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?

My Review:

I absolutely loved The Anatomical Shape of A Heart by Jenn Bennett, so when I saw this I was like oooooh I have to read it. I generally am let down by most YA contemporary with an exception of a few authors. This one was really good! Camping in the wilderness? Come on, that’s awesome!

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So at first to be honest, I was pretty annoyed with the MC in the first couple of chapters. She eventually got on my good side as I delved deeper into the book. I also really liked her name—Zorie. Now, Lennon I loved from the first moment he appeared on the pages—funny and adorable!

There was just so much cuteness it’s insane! The writing was funny, beautiful, and addicting. I need to go ahead and read her other book Alex, Approximately because I still haven’t read that one! I know it’s early in the year but so far this is my favorite contemporary this year.

 

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Our Cover Reveal: Bacon Pie by: Candace Robinson & Gerardo Delgadillo

So I have a new book coming out soon! I coauthored this one with my book friend, Gerardo Delgadillo who authored Summerlypse.

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Title: Bacon Pie

Publisher: Evernight Teen

Genre: YA quirky contemporary

Release Date: Info coming soon!

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Summary:

Lia Abbie has the easy life—kicking it back with old school video games, hanging out with her best friend Barnabas, and alternating her living schedule between the apartments of her two dads and her mom.

Kiev Jimenez is a theater geek who loves him some Shakespeare and taking care of his pet armadillo. He has one set goal in life: obtaining the role of Horatio for the Hamlet school play.

When a showdown between Lia and Kiev lands them in the principal’s office, they’re forced into volunteer work at the cringe-worthy Piggy Palooza Festival, or risk being suspended. Lia and Kiev aren’t thrilled about the situation, especially when it interferes with Lia’s relaxed life and Kiev’s theater role. But by working together, they may find more than just bacon—possibly a little love in the air.

More news on Bacon Pie to come!

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Review: Ace of Shades

Title: Ace of Shades

Author: Amanda Foody

Date of Publication: April 10th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

My Review:

Going into this book I wasn’t sure if I would like this one because I wasn’t completely sold on the summary. However, this one was a pretty awesome ride. Plus, the setting is in the City of Sin, so there has to be some awesome stuff that goes down, right?

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So if you liked Six of Crows you will probably like this—it’s like baby Six of Crows. I didn’t fall in love with the characters as much as I do with Bardugo’s books, but they were interesting with qualities that held my attention. I have a feeling in the next book, I will be shouting in Enne’s and Levi’s ears about certain things like I was doing here.

The author has created a very intriguing world full of magic, fun, and intrigue. The writing was great, and I’m ready for book two!

 

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Review: The Glass Spare

Title: The Glass Spare

Author: Lauren DeStefano

Date of Publication: October 24th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

A banished princess.
A deadly curse.
A kingdom at war.

Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.

Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.

But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.

With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?

My Review:

I actually tried to read this before and gave up pretty quickly, but this was chosen as a group read this month with two of my friends. I decided to give it a second chance and thank goodness I did, because I loved it!

The world was amazing! Not to mention, I am a big fan of the whole king turning everything he touches to gold story, so that being an influence here, drew me in! There was excellent character development in here and each character had their own quirks.

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Wil was great and had her flaws. I’m usually not a big fan of the girl lying to a love interest about things, but here it was definitely understood why she needed to do it. The romance is normally my favorite thing, but it wasn’t here, even though Loom is an interesting enough character. But I actually loved the other characters more—Gerdie, Owen, and Zay. There was a part early on in the story that gutted me, and I was surprised I could feel that way so early on, but I did!

Wil’s power is incredibly interesting, she touches anything living and it morphs into emerald’s, etc. She wants to find a way to rid herself of what she believes to be a curse, so the journey is about discovery. The book does end on a cliffhanger, but not a horrible one (thank goodness). So, when book two comes out, I’ll be right on it!

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