Double Review: The Dream Thieves & Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Double Review: The Dream Thieves & Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Hello, blog peeps!

I’m realizing, while looking at my stats for this blog, that I haven’t been posting very regularly on here. Which I feel badly about. I guess I’ve just been so busy with life stuff that I sort of forget how many days go between posts. Time flies when you’re having fun, and sometimes when you’re not. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, to make up for it, I’m posting two reviews in one! I also thought this might be a bit easier for everyone, since the two books I’m reviewing are the second and third books in a series: The Raven Cycle. I reviewed the first book in this series, The Raven Boys, a couple weeks ago after finishing it in just a couple days. You can read that review here. Since then, I’ve marathoned the next two books, The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue (click the titles to view their Goodreads pages). And if you know me at all, you know I can fly through a series when I’m enjoying it. My bookish friends have told me that The Raven Cycle is like a black hole that’s sucking me in. And maybe it is. But through all the fangirl feelings, shipping, and browsing the internet for fan-art and tumblr posts, I’ve been enjoying the ride into oblivion.

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Review: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Review: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Hello, hello!

I’ve been a bit on the busy side lately, so I apologize that my posting has suffered! But I’ve been finding little bits of time to get some solid reading in, which means a couple more review to come soon. πŸ˜‰

Today, my review will be a short one about the first book in The White Rabbit Chronicles series, Alice in Zombieland. Here is the Goodreads page where you can read all about it. Now, if you love Alice in Wonderland and scifi like I do, you’re probably thinking this book sounds like the bombest of the bomb. A retelling of Alice falling down a zombie hole? Heck yes! However, that’s not really what this book was about. I read in another review on Goodreads that your expectations of this book can make it or break it for you. And I think that’s pretty true. The synopsis of this book is fairly vague, so it allows your imagination to run away with the title and create a world where a new Alice falls into an undead world of zombies and mayhem. At least, mine did. What my imagination didn’t expect was a story about a new Alice who lives in a completely mundane world, until her family is killed and she begins seeing zombie “spirits” that only a few other people can. Now, it’s not that I didn’t enjoy this novel, it’s that the actual plot just didn’t line up in my mind like I thought it would. Which made the first bit of the book kind of disappointing, if I’m honest. So, if you are interested in this book, be prepared for more of an urban fantasy than a twisty scifi. But since I did enjoy this book, let’s get into the good parts!

To start off, I really enjoyed Alice’s character. She was sassy and pretty kick-ass, even in

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ARC Review: Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg

ARC Review: Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg

Hello!

I have another review for you guys today! I was looking at the website Netgalley the other day because used to use the website a fair bit until a few months ago. At that time I’d requested and received a couple books I ended up not finishing cause I didn’t really like them. Since I didn’t finish them, I also didn’t review them. Which if you’ve ever used Netgalley, you know is a bad thing. The whole point is to receive advanced copies of books in exchange for reviews. So, I haven’t shown my face around that website in awhile. πŸ˜‰ But decided to go back, because I really likd it! I thought I’d try to make myself seem like less of a schmuck by downloading a couple “read now” books (these are books you don’t need the publisher’s approval to receive. They are there for the downloading if you have an account with Netgalley) and review those, so publishers know I’m back in the game.

Anyway, long story short, the first book I chose was Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg, the same author who write the Paper Magicians trilogy. I really want to read those books too, but that’s another topic. Β This book Β was listed as an adult fantasy novel, which seemed interesting, and I also love the cover. The description made this book sound whimsical and magical. Sort of a fun fairytale type of story. It’s about a woman who has no memory of her past or heritage, but can bake emotions into her pastries. She can make you feel strong, loved, happy, hopefully, and lots of other things by infusing her magic into your morning muffin. Now, I’m a small-time baker, so I loved this concept from the beginning. If you’d like to read the entire book synopsis, click here for the Goodreads page.

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Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Hey guys! Review time!

I recently finished reading Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. It is the first book in the Grisha trilogy. I really enjoyed the book, but before I get into the specifics, here is a synopsis of the book from GoodreadsΒ if you don’t know much about it:

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Review: The Sound of Serendipity by Cynthia A. RodriguezΒ 

Review: The Sound of Serendipity by Cynthia A. RodriguezΒ 

Hello again!

I was given an ecopy of this wonderful book by the author for an honest review. I will also be posting a YouTube video review, but I wanted to spread the word about how much I loved this book, so here is a written review too! 😊 There are some spoilers in this review, so be warned! Also, this book does contain some fairly graphic sexual scenes. They are written very tastefully, but just a warning to younger readers. You know what you can handle.  Read more

Mini Review: How I Found You by Gabriella Lepore

Mini Review: How I Found You by Gabriella Lepore

Hello, book loving friends!

It has been an embarrassingly long time since I posted a review. Part of this is because of my busyness, and thus laziness when it comes to reviewing, and another part is because I’ve been seriously considering going into BookTube, so I’ve been thinking I’ll just save my reviews for then. However, I still haven’t found the time to start a YouTube channel, so I figured I’d better quit putting it off and review some books!
So, the book I’ll be reviewing today is a book I found on the Amazon kindle store, in their unlimited books section. Meaning, I pay $10 a month and I can read as many unlimited ebooks as I like 😊 It’s an awesome idea, and it would be even more awesome if there were a bigger selection of “famous” books such as We Were Liars or The Matched series. But, just because the books on there aren’t amazingly popular doesn’t mean they aren’t worth reading. That’s the whole reason I’m writing this πŸ˜‰ Because How I Found You was a lovely and unexpected book. It was paranormal and romantic and fresh. It was a book that, when I woke up at 3am, I told myself I’d only read for a few minutes, but that I stayed up until 5:30am to finish.

How I Found You is, in short, about a teenager, Rose, staying with her aunt and uncle for the summer because her parents are too busy traveling the world for work. Once she arrives there, two mysterious and sexy guys knock on the door claiming car trouble and would like to stay the night at her aunt’s house. And for reasons that baffle Rose, her aunt and uncle agree without question that these strangers can stay. One of these boy gives Rose the major creeps, but the other boy seems somewhat familiar to her. Couple this with the bizarre dreams Rose is having about death, and you are in for a summer you’ll never forget.
The things I loved about this book were the original storyline, the magic/romance, the character believability, Rose’s general badassery, and the way the storyline had me second-guessing myself until the end. Even though you think you know how the story is going to end from the beginning, it ends up ending totally different than you thought! Also, although this might be a slight spoiler, when these mysterious boys arrive at Rose’s door, they seem vampire-like. And honestly, I’ve read so many vampire novels, I almost didn’t want to keep reading. But! Let me tell you, I was so wrong about it. When you find out what these guys actually are, you’ll warm to this book even more!

A few things I wish this book had included was more backstory about the boys! I want to know more about the magic of their world, more about their pasts, and just more in general. But maybe that’s just because I loved their characters, and we’re always greedy with book boys πŸ˜‰

Overall though, I enjoyed this book so much! That’s why I’m giving it 4.5 stars ⭐️ and telling all of you to go out, join Amazon unlimited for the first free month, and read this book! It’s a quick and refreshing read.

 

ARC Mini Review: Return to Me by Taylor W. Law

ARC Mini Review: Return to Me by Taylor W. Law

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I’ll be honest. Going into this book, I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy it. Not because I didn’t think the synopsis sounded promising, but because this book is pretty far out of my usual reading comfort-zone. It’s an adult romance novel, set in a Christian town. All of those things are very unrelated to my usual reading habits ;). However, once I started reading, I was instantly pulling into this story. I really enjoyed reading from this main character’s perspective. Jill has a very real narrative in a town of fake people. Although she finds comfort in her small town, she doesn’t really fit in. And reading about a town that is likely similar to so many in the world from an almost cynical view was really refreshing. And as the story progresses, we start to see the people she believed to lack substance as human. I enjoyed that a lot. We also see how Jill’s character grows (a lot) in a short amount of time. All because she met one guy, Sean. Their romance is swift but unusual. They offer each other more than a simple physical connection. And seeing the world as Sean sees it helps Jill realize that she has been living a dormant life. So she decides to make a change. However, while I won’t spill any spoilers, I didn’t see the twist at the end coming. Prepare a tissue!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! It was a quick, fun, and romantic read that has a little wisdom in it too. Perfect for a rainy day or spare time at the beach! πŸ™‚
*Disclaimer for younger readers: there is one semi-graphic sexual scene. While it’s definitely not 50 Shades, it’s still nice to have a heads up if that kind of thing makes you uncomfortable.

*Disclaimer related to religious content: this book is set in a Christian town. There is much mention of Christian values and the bible, as well as a few scripture quotes. Just another heads up in case religious-mentioning is not your cup of tea.