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Review: Four Dead Queens

Title: Four Dead Queens

Author: Astrid Scholte

Date of Publication: February 26th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but in fact, she’s one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. Varin runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead.

With no other choices and on the run from Keralie’s former employer, the two decide to join forces, endeavoring to discover who has killed the queens and save their own lives in the process. When their reluctant partnership blooms into a tenuous romance, they must overcome their own dark secrets in hopes of a future together that seemed impossible just days before. But first they have to stay alive and untangle the secrets behind the nation’s four dead queens.

My Review:

Well, this was all kinds of soap opera fantasy fun! I’ll start out by saying lots of twists and turns. Sometimes, I was lost. Sometimes, I was like, what’s going on here? And sometimes, I was very thrilled where the book was heading!

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Of course the title is what automatically drew me in because, come on, not one, but four, dead queens! I really liked the main character, Keralie. She could be ruthless, selfish, but also have a heart, and she had great character growth. Varin was my own pocketful of sunshine! Loved the dialogue between Keralie and Varin!

What you also get in this book is a whole lot of point of views. At times, I’ll admit, I just wanted Keralie’s, but they were all necessary and connected the bigger picture of the plot. And wow, what a unique world with four very interesting quadrants! Overall a good read and I can’t wait to read more by the author!

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Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Title: Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Author: Jenny Han

Date of Publication:

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Goodreads Summary:

Lara Jean is having the best senior year.

And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks . . . until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

My Review:

This was is a series where the first book could have been a stand alone yet it was nice to see more into Lara Jean with these last two books. Peter is officially back in my good graces, and I heart him.

Lara Jean did frustrate me at times in this one, but she also made choices that made sense for her, for Peter, for the future. I was glad to see my boy John back for a nice cameo, and all the side characters were great. What this book does awesomely is show great family dynamic and character growth!

I was panicked for some of the story, not sure how it was going to end, but it wrapped up nicely, only I wanted an epilogue! Please, Jenny Han, write a nice novella epilogue!

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Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Author: Jenny Han

Date of Publication: April 15th, 2014

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Goodreads Summary:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

My Review:

I’ve been seeing this book for years. Years!! And totally did not think it would be my cup of tea, but it totally was! I actually watched the movie first and then was like, let me go ahead and try this freaking series out! I also thought the movie was awesome but now after reading the book I’m like, what??? So much did not match the book and I much preferred the book!

I loved Lara Jean and Peter and just all things cute within the pages. The family scenes were also awesome and I feel like this one ended so good!!! Need to start book 2!

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Review: The Upside of Falling

Title: The Upside of Falling

Author: Alex Light

Date if Publication: February 18th, 2020

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Goodreads Summary:

It’s been years since seventeen-year-old Becca Hart believed in true love. But when her former best friend teases her for not having a boyfriend, Becca impulsively pretends she’s been secretly seeing someone.

Brett Wells has it all. Being captain of the football team and one of the most popular guys in school, he should have no problem finding someone to date, but he’s always been more focused on his future than who to bring to prom. When he overhears Becca’s lie, Brett decides to step in and be her mystery guy. It’s the perfect solution: he gets people off his back for not dating and she can keep up the ruse.

Acting like the perfect couple isn’t easy though, especially when you barely know the other person. But with Becca still picking up the pieces from when her world was blown apart years ago and Brett just barely holding his together now, they begin to realize they have more in common than they ever could have imagined. When the line between real and pretend begins to blur, they are forced to answer the question: is this fake romance the realest thing in either of their lives?

My Review:

My favorite sort of contemporaries are ones that are cute with humor! This was a fun story with a super adorable dose of romance. Of course there were factors that came along that broke the leads apart, and I did get stressed out during those aspects. But I can understand why, especially with them being teens.

Brett was swoony and gentlemanly, while Becca was an awesome girl who loved to read. Just my kind of characters! Also, there was a bakery and talk about desserts, and that alone would have sucked me in!

The dialogue was punchy and the writing made it a real page turner. It’s definitely a great summer read!

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Review: Reign of the Fallen

Title: Reign of the Fallen

Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh

Date of Publication: January 23rd, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

My Review:

I had been wanting to read this one for a while, and I’m glad I finally did! What I loved most about this fantasy was that it was more than that! It was packed with loss, addiction, and overcoming it all without never forgetting.

I loved Odessa and how she wasn’t perfect and felt easy to relate to. Loss is something that can affect someone dearly. You can be okay one moment, but then when you lose someone you love dearly, a part of you can come out that you never dreamed could.

The cast of characters were awesome. Each one had a distinct personality and I honestly loved them all. What I would have really loved even more is if this had been multiple POV, just so I could get into the side characters’ heads even more because I cared for them so much! It was beautifully written and I can’t wait to read the second one!

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Review: Soul of Stars

Title: Soul of Stars

Author: Ashley Poston

Date of Publication: July 23rd, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Once, Ana was an orphaned space outlaw. Then she was the Empress of the Iron Kingdom. Now, thought dead by most of the galaxy after she escaped from the dark AI program called the HIVE, Ana is desperate for a way to save Di from the HIVE’s evil clutches and take back her kingdom.

Ana’s only option is to find Starbright, the one person who has hacked into the HIVE and lived to tell the tale. But when Ana’s desperation costs the crew of the Dossier a terrible price, Ana and her friends are sent spiraling through the most perilous reaches of the Iron Kingdom to stop the true arbiter of evil in her world: an ancient world-ending deity called the Great Dark.

Their journey will take the sharp-witted pilot, Jax, to the home he never wanted to return to, and the dangerous fate he left behind. And when Robb finds out who Jax really is, he must contend with his own feelings for the boy he barely knows, and whether he truly belongs with this group of outcasts.

When facing the worst odds, can Ana and her crew of misfits find a way to stop the Great Dark once and for all?

My Review:

Heart of Iron was one of my favorite books of last year and I was so incredibly excited for this one! Plus, come on, Anastasia retelling in space is totally awesome!

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First, the awesome! Jax and Robb! Man, oh man, I love these two gents so much! They are the perfect power couple, seriously! Also, the world building in these books is freaking great! Especially when it’s hard for me to get into sci-fi most of the time!

I think my main issue was Anna. I love her, but I feel like this story wasn’t really hers at all. I mean, I know there are four POVs, but I just felt like her story line and relationship with a certain other character wasn’t as strong as Jax and Robb.

However, it was a good conclusion to the series with addictive writing and lots of action and emotion. I just wanted more from Anna’s story line!

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