Genre: Young Adult

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Apr 23
{Review+Giveaway} Essence by A.L. Waddington

{Review+Giveaway} Essence by A.L. Waddington

Essence takes place in two time periods. The chapters alternate between the present, 2009 and 1848. I really enjoyed trying to piece the mystery of what was happening together. I liked reading the dual stories because I just couldn’t pinpoint what exactly was happening. Some of the characters were the same, but many of the characters in the two time periods were different not only in name, but also in personality. So I just couldn’t figure out if they were all going to have “future/past” selves or if only one person was time traveling, or if it was something paranormal. But then again, that is kind of the point of the whole book. Trying to figure out just what was going on. And I thought the answer was really very interesting. I will warn you though, you have to wait pretty much the whole book, until the answer is revealed. It was kind of frustrating, but effective because now I really want to read the next book because I want… Read more »

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Apr 19
{Book vs. Movie Review} Divergent by Veronica Roth

{Book vs. Movie Review} Divergent by Veronica Roth

The Book  I have no idea why on earth it took me so long to finally get around to reading Divergent. I loved the book. The movie was good too, but as usual, I thought the book was better. It was both a blessing and a curse to have read the book right before I watched the movie. It was cool because I was really pumped up and excited with the story fresh in my mind, but at the same time- the book was fresh in my mind. So every time they deviated from the story line, I instantly noticed. The book was wonderful in it’s own right. This is one fast paced story line. The action never stopped. I couldn’t believe how much stuff happened in just one book. I mean we went from setting the stage in this new dystopian world all the way to war in one book. It was a lot. I loved Tris. What I love the most about her was what made her a… Read more »

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Apr 15
{Review} Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott

{Review} Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott

Fire and Flood is intense and action packed. I could not put this book down. I gobbled it up in one sitting. The book takes place in multiple settings, first in a forest and then in a dessert. Each extreme in their own ways. Victoria Scott did such an excellent job bringing these awful conditions to life. The contestants in the Brimstone Bleed competition had to endure so much. Fire and Flood has a very mysterious vibe. The people behind the Brimstone Bleed and the competition itself is all shrouded in mystery. And then there are the pandoras, which are mysterious in and of themselves. I loved getting to know all of the different pandoras and seeing what they can do. I have seen more than a few comparisons to the Hunger Games, and while I do see some similarities, I feel like Fire and Flood has a different focus than the Hunger Games. Yes, they are both dystopians and a majority of the book takes place in a competition… Read more »

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Apr 14
{Review +Giveaway} The Looking Glass by Jessica Arnold

{Review +Giveaway} The Looking Glass by Jessica Arnold

The Looking Glass is a really interesting take on a re-telling. The girls name is Alice, and she ends up on the other side of a mirror, but that is about where the similarities stop. Jessica Arnold has created a completely new, creepy, intriguing and utterly fascinating world in her spooky hotel. I loved watching Alice explore it, both through the diary she finds and through running from room to room. I felt Alice’s pressure the whole book, just hanging there in the air. I felt like I had to keep reading because if I didn’t then Alice would run out of time to figure out whatever she needed to figure out to get out of that house and back to the real hotel. I loved that she was transported to basically an alternate mirror world of the hotel where she was vacationing with her family. I will admit that I was kind of confused when I started reading the book, but this is the kind of book where you… Read more »

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Apr 12
{Review+Giveaway} 16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler

{Review+Giveaway} 16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler

I have been really excited for 16 Things I thought Were True for a really long time now. It was in my waiting on Wednesday two months ago and I have been counting down the days until I got my hands this book. And even with my crazy high expectations, 16 Things I Thought were True still managed to pretty much blow my mind. I was so impressed and MOVED by this book. At first I thought it was going to be a funny and cute road trip story. And it was both of those things, but it also ended up being so much more. Morgan is an interesting character. I say interesting because she is really complex. I liked her a lot, but she did have her “teen” moments. There were times where she was selfish and kind of petulant, but you just can’t help but feel for what she is going through. Not only is there the whole issue going on with a viral video of her on… Read more »

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Apr 10
{Excerpt+Giveaway} The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

{Excerpt+Giveaway} The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

On Tour with Prism Book Tours Welcome to my stop for the EXCERPT TOUR for The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith CHAPTER ONE Excerpt 3 As her eyes adjusted, Lucy could see him frown as he pulled out his earbuds. He glanced in her direction before turning to face the panel of buttons, jabbing at a few with his thumb. When they refused to light up, he finally hit the red emergency one, and they both cocked their heads, waiting for the speaker to crackle to life. Nothing happened, so he punched it again, then once more. Finally, he lifted his shoulders in a shrug. “It must be the whole building,” he said without turning around. Lucy lowered her eyes, trying to avoid the little red arrow above the door, which was poised somewhere between the numbers 10 and 11. She was doing her best not to picture the empty elevator shaft below, or the thick cables stretched above them. “I’m sure they’re already working on… Read more »

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Apr 08
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Fractured Truth by Rachel McClellan

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Fractured Truth by Rachel McClellan

    Note: this is the third book in the YA  Fractured Light Series. If you are new to the series check out my thoughts on Book 1 and Book 2 I am a big fan of the Fractured Light series. The second book, Fractured Soul left off with such a sad ending that I was a little nervous to pick up this book. A good amount of time passed from from when I read book 2 to book 3 and as soon as I started reading I remembered the sad events that took place, and I was heartbroken again along side Llona. Fractured Truth has a darker feel than the first two books. Most of the characters are dealing with some kind of darkness of their own and it shaped the story. I really liked the continuing themes of light v. darkness. And what I liked most about Fractured truth was that it wasn’t so much good v. evil. The lines became blurred as each of the characters really… Read more »

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Apr 07
{Review+Giveaway} Understudy by Cheyanne Young

{Review+Giveaway} Understudy by Cheyanne Young

  Understudy is a young adult high school play story. It ended up being super cute. I can’t get enough of stories that center around plays, but Understudy had all of the aspects that I love about this sub-genre theme, and yet it still felt kind of different. Wren’s aunt is the theater theater at the school and she wrote the script to the play. Wren tried out for the lead role, and her aunt had the audacity to tell her not fat AT ALL NIECE that she didn’t get the part because she was too fat for it. It should come as no surprise that I didn’t like Wren’s Aunt. And then after a couple of lackluster practices, the aunt over dramatically packs up and leaves her job! I mean talk about immature. She was worse than her students! The play is left without a director, so Wren is kind of forced into that role. This book because just as much the opportunity for Wren to step up to… Read more »

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Apr 03
{Review+Giveaway} The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain

{Review+Giveaway} The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain

  The Shadow Prince is a whopper of a book. It comes in at over 500 pages long , and the only thing I was thinking when I was done with it was, “That wasn’t long enough. I want more!” I love mythology and I really enjoyed all of the attention to mythological details that Bree wove into the story. Mythology really was everywhere, throughout the street names in the town to the class lectures at school. It was an immersion into the stories of Persephone and Hades, which just so happens to be one of my very favorite myths. For example, One of Daphne’s teachers was teaching her class about some versions of the Persephone myth and she was describing a thesis paper she wrote in college and I thought even that sounded fascinating. I would totally read her paper. So I may be a bit of a mythology nerd, but this book is perfect for both mythology enthusiasts like me and newbies alike. I loved how strong willed… Read more »

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