arc review: star-crossed by pintip dunn

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5 stars!

A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for allowing me to read this eARC early. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I think this is one of the best books I’ve ever read for 2018. Hand to god, this was amazing. The concept was incredibly interesting and creative. The MC, Vela, was charming. The love story was swoon-worthy. Everything about this book was perfection and I never wanted it to end.

Let’s chat about the concept first. The fact that people can get nutrition from pills and the pills come from people that are allowed to eat was totally wild and something I have yet to read about. It was just beyond crazy to know that some of the colonists had never tasted real food. I like food and can’t imagine not being able to eat it.

Vela was awesome. She is of Thai descent and her talking about all the delicious Thai food made me hungry. I loved how charming and down to earth Vela was. She was a princess but she tried to be more than that. She reminded me of Princess Diana as the People’s Princess. Vela tried to make sure she knew everybody and what grievances they had. I appreciated her immensely.

The love story between Carr and Vela was adorable. They had known each other all their lives. I love stories like that, where they have known each other all their lives and love each other for their faults and all. They complemented each other in the best way possible. They have gained in a spot in my top 10 favorite couples!

Overall, this was perfect. Absolutely perfect. I seriously cannot recommend this book and the author enough. Pintip is incredibly talented and I can’t wait to see what else she does.

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arc review: the water cure by sophie mackintosh

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3 stars!

A special thank you goes out to Netgalley and Double Day publishing for allowing me to read this eARC early. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tw: animal abuse, child abuse, self harm, murder, child death

This has go to be one of the weirdest and most out there books I’ve ever read. Honestly, I have no idea what in the world I read and I probably still won’t know long after. Was it about a cult? Was it just a family trying to survive by any means necessary? I can’t tell you because I do not know.

The prose on this book was probably some of the best prose I’ve ever read. It was beautiful and so very haunting. Every single sentence was crafted meticulously. Each word was thought about very carefully and considered for the sentence. I can tell that there was a lot of work put into just the crafting of the sentences and I loved that.

But the prose got in the way of the story at times. Because the writing was so flowery, I was often confused about what was happening. Maybe that was the purpose? To be super mysterious? I don’t know. But I wish it had gotten straight to the point at times when it was needed. Especially with some of the reveals at the end. I just wanted to know what happened.

Overall, this is just one of those books you got to read for yourself. I know that this is a super short review but I can’t really say much about this book without giving it all away. This is really all I can tell you. Despite my average rating, I can’t wait to see what else Sophie Mackintosh writes next.

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arc review: kiss of the royal by lindsey duga

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3 stars!

A special thank you goes to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for allowing me to read this eARC early. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

tw: unwanted sexual innuendos

I really debated about the rating of this book. I sat here for a good 10 minutes, thinking about how I wanted to rate this. For a little while, after reading, I just left it unrated because I wouldn’t make up my mind. The middle of the book is when it really started to pick up. The ending alone really made me want to give it 4 stars. But the beginning just felt so slow.

One of the biggest things is that I just couldn’t get fully into the book. The concept was awesome with the use of Kisses providing protection and strength. It’s seriously unique. But I just wasn’t the biggest fan of Ivy and Zach. I liked them together, just not apart. Both felt just dull with very similar personalities.

I think what my problem was that it was more fantasy driven then I thought it was going to be. I thought the use of magic was going to be like in the Kingfountain series, where it was there but it was more set in the background. So it definitely took a while for me to get over that.

One thing this book does well is the female/male friendships. Bromley and Ivy are very best friends, nay family. I love seeing this in books, especially YA. Although one could argue that there is some power imbalance as Brom is Ivy’s page. But I don’t really think that was an issue here. Ivy treated Brom like an equal.

Overall, this wasn’t bad. This rating is the highest of 3 (three) stars. As much as I loved the ending, it couldn’t boost the rating up to 4 (four) stars. But I think a lot of people who enjoy fantasy would like this book.

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just one of the royals by kate and leah rooper

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tw: underage drinking

A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read an eARC of this book early. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Gosh, this story was so damn cute. I was smiling like an idiot almost the entire time I read the book. I seriously just love cute romance stories like these. It was just what I needed after a rough couple of months.

The tension in this story was so real, it was driving me mad. Daniel and Madison clearly had chemistry but both were just ignorant of it. The miscommunication between the two was so hilarious at times. We got POV from both of them so were privy to their thoughts. Often times I just had to shake my head.

While this book was adorable, it had it’s serious moments. Madison, who is Korean American, is struggling with her parents and what they want from her. Madison wants to be an actress but her parents want her to be a doctor. My parents let us kids pursue whatever we wanted so I can only imagine how Madison must have felt. It would upset me so much if I wasn’t allowed to even think about my dream job.

This book is the second of a series. Usually books like these can be read as a stand alone. This one does mention events that happened in the first book. So it might be best to read them in order. But it won’t deter from your enjoyment if you decide to skip the first one.

Overall, this was an adorable story. I adored Madison and Daniel. I loved the tension and the wondering if they were ever going to be together. Check this out today!

alpha by jus accardo

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A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this eARC early. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Another series done and gone. All and all, it wasn’t bad, despite the average rating. I certainly preferred some characters over others. But I’ll talk more about that toward the end, when I do a series wrap up. Beware that the series wrap up will have some spoilers. They aren’t super major but it’s best to avoid that if you don’t want to get spoiled.

The two MCs in this book were Sera and G, from the previous book. Now I didn’t mind them but I just couldn’t get into their POVs as much as I did for Ash and Noah. Sera was a fighter and she never gave up, which is something I admire. But I just couldn’t connect with her. It felt like she was just waiting for people to save her instead of trying to get out of the situation. Same with G, in the sense that I couldn’t get into his POV. He was a lot more darker than I’m used too and I think that’s why I wasn’t a huge fan of him. I’m not the biggest fan of anti heroes. It takes a special character to get me really into them. And sadly, G was not it.

In this book, Dylan was more humanized that I had ever seen him and it was interesting. Honestly, I didn’t think I would like it because I didn’t like Dylan at all. I didn’t like him as a person and I didn’t like him as a villain. But I liked it? Who am I? I don’t condone what Dylan did, not by a long shot. But the way Jus handled his redemption, talking about how some people just break when something traumatic happens. I don’t know, that really got me and I suddenly did hate Dylan so much.

series review;

This series was surprisingly good. When I first started, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. Interdemensional travel? Confusing! My only experience is the Family Guy episode Road to the Multiverse. But the way Jus went about it, gave us chunks of information and broke down the concept into Layman’s terms, it made sense. The Alpha project was still a bit unclear. I’m not entirely sure what the whole goal was there.

Noah and Ash were my favorite POVs out of all the POVs that were offered. There were just something about them that worked. They clicked so well together, even though Noah was putting up one hell of a fight. Their love for each other and their will to keep on fighting just made my heart melt.

Overall, this series was good! I need to own it, simply for the beautiful covers. Seriously, props to whoever did that. But anyway, if you are looking for an easy to read interdemensional travel book with romances that will make your heart swoon, then this series is the one for you.

 

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netgalley update: 09/14/2018

I haven’t done one of these Netgalley updates in quite a while so I decided it was time to bring it back. I have 7 (seven) books that I have been approved for on Netgalley with 4 (four) that are needing to be completed now. I am going to push myself to finish these by this month so I can start fresh in October.

In each of the covers, I’ll link it to the book’s Goodreads page so you guys can check them out for yourselves!



older eARCs;

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Alpha by Jus Accardo

At the time of writing this, I am currently in the middle of reading and might have even finished it by the time this is published. I am liking it so far and I’m relieved it’s not through Dylan’s POV like I thought it was going to be. I’m not loving the POVs but I’m still just as intrigued with the story.

 

 

 


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Just One of the Royals by Leah Rooper and Kate Rooper

You all have probably seen this on another Netgalley update. I am definitely going to be reading this after I finish the current books I’m reading right now (I’m also currently reading Uglies by Scott Westerfeld). I have seen some really good reviews about this book and I am so keen to get started on it.

 

 


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Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga

Alas, another book that has been on some of my Netgalley update lists. This book will also be read asap. I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews, where some people really loved it while others had some problems with it. Regardless, I’m ready to get my reading on with this one!

 

 

 


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The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh

I found this book when someone I follow did a Netgalley post. I immediately requested it because it sounded so intriguing. The cover instantly hooked me and the synopsis had me dying to know more. I can’t wait to get this one going as well.

 

 

 



new eARCs;

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The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

For the life of me, I have no idea why I requested this. It was probably the cover. If you have a beautifully designed cover, I will snag it up and not even read the synopsis. Luckily for me, the synopsis sounds interesting with mentions of the Salem Witch trials and the after effects of it.

 

 

 


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Love and Other Secrets by Christina Mandelski

This book is part of a series, in which I have read one of the books. The series is the First Kiss Hypothesis. I remember I enjoyed it a lot. It was a cute book and just what I needed after reading some heavy books. I’m excited to see where this one leads and if it’s tied to the same world.

 

 

 


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Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn

This. This is the book I am beyond excited for it! The minute I found out that it was available for request on Netgalley, I hoped on the site and requested it right away. Thank the stars I was approved. Pintip is an absolutely amazing author and I have loved everything she has written.

 

 

 

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arc review: the spite game

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3 stars!

A special thank you goes out to Netgalley and MIRA Books for allowing me to read this eARC early. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

tw: extreme bullying, pedophilia, unwanted sexual contact, drug use

Okay, so I didn’t love this book. The synopsis made it sound so much creepier and terrifying then what it really was. It was just about a women that need a lot of therapy. Like a lot.

I have been where Ava has been. I had two incredibly toxic and horrible friends in high school. It took me leaving high school to realize how crappy they were. I spent years angry at the way they treated me. To this day, I still struggle with the side effects of their toxicity. But as for the anger? I realized that I needed to move past it. Holding anger like that is not healthy. Ava, the MC of this book, should have taken what I did and applied it to her life.

As the synopsis says, Ava’s life is ruined by three girls. She ruins one of the girls, nearly ruins another and is working on the third. I get it, okay? Bullying and toxic friends are god awful but the way Ava went about her life after the events was just not something I could get behind. If that makes me a bad person, then so be it. I felt she truly enjoyed wallowing in misery instead of growing and learning.

There was a positive to this and that was some epilepsy rep. Ava’s sister, Bea, has epilepsy. Seizures do happen on the page and it’s discussed how it affects Bea and Ava’s life. I did like seeing that.

But honestly, this book wasn’t that great. The pacing was weird. It hopped from past to present with no page breaks. Now, I have no idea if this is because I read an eARC or what. I hope at least that gets fixed in the final version. It was incredibly confusing. The timeline was just so dang wonky. Had it been more linear, I might and that’s a strong might, have enjoyed it.

Overall, if you are into revenge books then perhaps you might like this book. But honestly, this wasn’t the book for me. It’s onto the next one.

 

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