Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard I Book Review

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) #bookreview #yareads #dystopian #harperteen Title: Glass Sword
Series:  Red Queen #2
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: HarperTeen 
Published Date: February 9th, 2016   
Genre: Fantasy, Dystopia, YA
Page Count:444
Format: Hardcover

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.


 My Review:

I'm reading this book along with Jessica (ReadingwithJessica)and a bunch of other bloggers/readers. You can join in if you would like. You can find more details about it here.

“I am a weapon made of flesh, a sword covered in skin. I was born to kill a king, to end a reign of terror before it can truly begin.”

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Down the TBR Hole #33

Down the TBR Hole was created by Lia from LOSTINASTORY.

This weekly meme is to help you get your tbr down to a more manageable number, by going through 10 books from your shelves and deciding if you will really read the book or not, and getting rid of the ones you no longer want to read.

Currently, I have 2,722 books on my Goodreads TBR. That means I am going to continue on with just showing you the books I get rid of off my shelves until we get down to a more reasonable amount. This week we have 5 books that I added in 2015, 3 books I added in 2016, and 2 books I added in from 2017.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Going Places by Kathryn Berla #bookreview

Going PlacesTitle: Going Places
Author:  Kathryn Berla
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing
Published Date: March 20th 2018
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Contemporary,
Page Count:275
Format: Paperback

My Rating: ★ ★ ★.5

Goodreads Summary: 
Hudson Wheeler is a teen for whom everyone had high expectations, but since his father was killed when he was ten, he's felt unmotivated to pursue much other than his art. During his senior year, he decides to home school, thinking he will get to relax and focus on his two lazy businesses. But instead, he experiences love and rejection for the first time; meets an athletic girl who shows him by example what it means to be a man; and solves the painful mystery of the WWII vet whose poignant plight forces Hudson out of the comfort zone of boyhood.   


 My Review:
I originally got an e-arc from NetGalley, but I ended up reading a copy from the library. 

I got to read a little excerpt of this from bookishfirst, but I was a little unsure if I wanted to read it. As someone who was homeschooled, a lot of books don't really do it justice in my opinion. While this one doesn't really talk about the homeschooling part of Hudson's year, it does mention how much work he does have to do (which is true) and how things can be changed for your interests as long as they follow certain guidelines. For me, it was nice to see that in a book, as well as Hudson still having a social life, and being able to do things. (This was in part because of him still being able to take a couple classes at his high school.) 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey

Suitors and SabotageTitle: Suitors and Sabotage
Author:  Cindy Anstey
Publisher:  Swoon Reads
Published Date: April 17th, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction, YA, Contemporary
Page Count:336
Format: Kindle

My Rating: ★ ★ ★.5

Goodreads Summary: 
Shy aspiring artist Imogene Chively has just had a successful Season in London, complete with a suitor of her father's approval. Imogene is ambivalent about the young gentleman until he comes to visit her at the Chively estate with his younger brother in tow. When her interest is piqued, however, it is for the wrong brother.

Charming Ben Steeple has a secret: despite being an architectural apprentice, he has no drawing aptitude. When Imogene offers to teach him, Ben is soon smitten by the young lady he considers his brother's intended.

But hiding their true feelings becomes the least of their problems when, after a series of "accidents," it becomes apparent that someone means Ben harm. And as their affection for each other grows—despite their efforts to remain just friends—so does the danger. 


 My Review:

Thank you to Xpressobooktours, the publisher and NetGalley for an e-arc in exchange for my honest review

Imogen is a young woman whose parents can't wait for her to get married and continue on with the family name. Having said that though they got about it in a very strange way at times, and aren't supportive at all of what Imogen wants. In fact, they are determined for her to marry a young man named Ernest who they think will be perfect for each other. Imogene, on the other hand, could care less. But now she has to court him, and hopefully marry him. The only way she can make it through all of this is with some help of her best friend and her favorite hobby.

Overall this book was okay/enjoyable at times for me. It sadly fell a little flat for me. I thought it was going to be YA historical fiction mystery. Instead, it was more focused on the romance part, and less on the mystery sadly. This was fully my fault for expecting certain things about this book.
Having said that I did like the friendship between Imogen and Emily. They don't have a lot of things in common when it comes to hobbies, but Emily and her family are very supportive of what Imogene wants to do and I loved that. Emily's family was the best and I loved them so much.
As for Ben and Ernest his brother, I was so afraid this was going to go into a really awkward love triangle and it almost did, but thankfully certain things happened that stopped that. I loved the banter between the two brothers, and how they were both very different, and not competitive!
Even with this book not being what I expected it was so close to being a four-star book. It could have been as well if more of the mystery had been talked about. I did figure out who was doing it as well before the end and while I got why it was just kind of meh.
Also please tell me Emily's getting her own novel, because I would love to learn more about her!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Love & War (An Alex & Eliza Love Story #2) by Melissa De La Cruz

Love & War (Alex & Eliza, #2)
Title: Love & War
Series: An Alex & Eliza Love Story #2
Author:  Melissa De La Cruz
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers   
Published Date: April 17th, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction, Contemporary, YA
Page Count:384
Format: Paperback

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★.5

Goodreads Summary: 
1780. Albany, New York.

As the war for American Independence carries on, two newlyweds are settling into their new adventure: marriage. But the honeymoon's over, and Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler are learning firsthand just how tricky wedded life can be. Alex is still General George Washington's right-hand man and his attention these days is nothing if not divided--much like the colonies' interests as the end of the Revolution draws near. Alex & Eliza's relationship is tested further by lingering jealousies and family drama.


 My Review

Thank you to Penguin for sending me a physical copy in exchange for my honest review.

"If the blood in this room were any bluer, we could have used it to dye the uniforms of the Continental soldiers!"

If you remember my review of Alex and Eliza from last year, then you'll remember that I didn't like a few things that happened. Nothing like that happened in this book, and I absolutely loved it!
Eliza is still living at home for the first part of the book because the Revolution was still happening and keeping Alex away. I loved this part of the book, getting to see the Schuyler sisters! I loved their interactions with each other and the banter and just all the love.

"Between Colonel Hamilton's purple prose and your purple puns, this party is off to a magnificent start!"

They each have their own lives now, but are still extremely close and learning their new roles as wives. We even get to see their last sibling being born, which was a very eye-opening experience for two of the sisters.

"Never discount a lady's network for efficiency of communication."

During this time we also get to see Alex getting to have one of his dreams and standing up to General Washington. Alex was Washington's right-hand man and I am so glad we got to see more of this.

"I think we do everything on short notice these days. New York is still so raw after its recent travails."

We also get to see them start a life together in New York and some of the struggles they had. Seeing how different New York was during this time and being reminded of some of the struggles America had in it's beginning was so nice to see. Nothing was glazed over really, and we really see Eliza grow during this time of getting used to a different lifestyle from what she grew up with. We also see Alex start to be the Alex we also know who is constantly writing and working.

"They will see it by the time I am finished... I don't care if I have to talk for two hours, or four, or the entire day. You shall have justice."

Overall I couldn't get enough of this book! I need more, please!! The author does mention taking certain liberties when it came to this book and some of Alex and Eliza's timeline. Mainly being that they don't have a child right away, but I'm glad she did this. Seeing Alex and Eliza have this time without a child, and just them learning more about each other and what their life will be like from now on. I absolutely loved Eliza in this book and I am so proud of her and how she took charge in certain situations. I loved the continuing tension between Burr and Alex and I cannot wait to see how the rest of there story pans out in the other books.

"In the New World, one didn't have to have a title before one's name to be welcomed into high society."

I really do think this book bridged the gap between ya and the adult category as it does deal with two people in history. Melissa writes it all so beautifully. and I cannot wait to see how she continues on with their story.

Now can someone please get me a time machine so I can jump to next year to read the next book?!

"They could meet every obstacle and temptation in their path as long as they were by each other's side, in love and war, failure and victory, poverty and prosperity, until the curtain closed on their story."
*All quotes are from an arc, and are subject to change.*

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard I Book Review

Title:  Glass Sword Series:  Red Queen #2 Author:  Victoria Aveyard Publisher:  HarperTeen  Published Date: February 9th, 2016    Genr...