Review : Love & Gelato : Jenna Evans Welch


Author: Jenna Evans Welch

Title:Love & Gelato

Release Date: August 16, 2016

Format: Audiobook

Publisher:  Simon Schuster Audio

Genre : Young Adult , contemporary

Reviewer : Taylor

Synopsis Via Goodreads

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

This book came highly recommended to by the lovely Denia from books & baubles. It took me awhile to finally pick it up but I am so happy I did.

I was expecting a fluffy “Ooo im in Italy” style read but this is had so much more substance. Lina is going through the hardest time in her life at the start of this story which is only complicated by being sent to Italy to get to know family she didn’t even know existed. I loved the way the story played out, even though there were a few times I wanted to smack our main characters for making things way harder than they should be.

The pictures the writer was able to draw with her words! GUYS! I am serious I felt like I was there seeing and tasting everything. It was a sensory experience.

I enjoyed this read a lot. It has grief, coming of age, travel, family, friends, and romance. It’s an adventure you want to take.


Favorite Quote

“I didn’t get to stop missing her. Ever. It was the thing that my life had handed me, and no matter how heavy it was, I was never going to be able to set it down. But that didn’t mean I wasn’t going to be okay. Or even happy. I couldn’t imagine it yet exactly, but maybe a day would come when the hole inside me wouldn’t ache quite so badly and I could think about her, and remember, and it would be all right. That day felt light-years away, but right at this moment I was standing on a tower in the middle of Tuscany and the sunrise was so beautiful that it hurt. 

And that was something.” 
― Jenna Evans Welch, Love & Gelato


Review : Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1) : Tomi Adeyemi


Author: Tomi Adeyemi


Title: Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)

Release Date: March 6th, 2018

Format: ARC



Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

Page Count: 448

Genre : Young Adult , Dystopia, Romance, Fantasy, Empowering

Reviewer : Taylor


Synopsis Via Goodreads

Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. 

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. 

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

Review :

OH MY LANTA! This book was the best read I have had this year. We do not deserve all of it’s amazing. I was blessed enough to meet Tomi at yallfest, she is so beautiful and eloquent in person. Due to that I knew I had to get my hands on this. Shout out to Netgalley for making it possible. 

This book had so much EMPOWERMENT. We self, women, culture, and so much more as far as empowerment. It was beautiful and rich to see the strength Tomi put into this book.

It follows the POV of three characters Zèlie, Princess Amari and her brother Prince Inan. Through them we see the entire story from every point of view. What do I mean by this? Prince Inan is our antagonist, it is not very often we get to see that side of the story. I am also in love with him. No one can tell me it is wrong! Amari has one of the best character arcs I have ever read in a book. She grows from a broken girl into a strong proud woman. Seeing it happen is so rewarding. Zèlie so many perfectly imperfect things about her. She carries a wait of so many things on her shoulder from the start of this book. She is a little crass and insubordinate with the government because they do not deserve her respect. From the start, she knew her people deserved more than the pain and suffering they received. She was strong, she ever gave up but she was not always sure she could win BUT be damned if she wouldn’t try. That was one of the best most human things about her. Her brother Tzain is also on this journey with them. He was an amazing character to follow as well and his arc connects the story in so many ways. 

While this book is set in a fictional land it has so many undertones of things happening our world today. My booktube partner said it better than I could see passage below. 

“Even though the book is supposed to be written in a different world than ours, it is clear to see some of our current situation reflected in this book. Even though every character in this book is black, there’s a lot of racism against the maji, which are noticeably distinguished by their white hair. The maji are treated like the worst of society, they are made into slaves, captured and tortured all because one day their magic might become powerful enough to eradicate the kingdom. There’s also a serious correlation with the BLM movement, which I don’t know if the author did that on purpose or not, but after I read this quote, BLM immediately came to mind, (Not Spoiler, I promise),

“Your people, your guards–they’re nothing more than killers, rapists, and thieves. The only difference between them and criminals is the uniforms they wear.” “

You can read her full review here

I feel like this book also applies to the way our government is being run on late the same way it corresponds with what Denia wrote. 

This is a BIG first book 448 pages of big. Denia and I called it a bible due to size. I usually am of the mind your debut first book of a series should be shorter SO NOT THE CASE THIS TIME. I would have been happy with 448 more pages. The wait for the next book is going to hurt! I recommend this book to every breathing human in the world. Best read of this year. 





Shannon A. Thompson : Interview and Review: Author of Bad Bloods


Author: Shannon A. Thompson

Title: November Rain (Bad Bloods #1)

Release Date: July 18, 2016

Format: Audiobook

Publisher:  Clean Teen Publishing

Page Count : 230

Genre : Young Adult , Dystopia, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Reviewer : Taylor

Synopsis Via Goodreads

Seventeen-year-old Serena isn’t human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments, before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her connection to them.

Unbeknownst to the two, this connection is the key to winning the election for bad bloods’ rights to be seen as human again. But Serena is the only one who can secure Vendona’s vote. Now, Daniel must unite with her before all hope is lost and bad bloods are eradicated, even if it means exposing secrets worse than death itself. United or not, a city will fight, rain will fall, and all will be threatened by star-crossed love and political corruption.

Make sure to check out the whole post to see interview and review. 

I am so excited that Shannon agreed to stop by our blog today! She the best selling author of THE TIMELY DEATH TRILOGY and BAD BLOODS SERIES. Without our further ado Shannon!

TH : Where did you get the inspiration for your book?

ST : Bad Bloods began from a nightmare I had when I was about 11 years old. I was already writing books (or trying to write books) at that time, but I hadn’t taken my writing very seriously. Then my mother passed away unexpectedly, and I sat down with a pen and some paper and put all my grief down into this story. Over a decade later, it has become the Bad Bloods series. While the books are essentially about coming together to overcome hardships, for me, personally, it was more about how terrible things can happen to innocent, young people. Writing Bad Bloods saved me.

TH : Wow it’s an amazing that you channeled your grief into something that not only saved you but will probably save other people as well.

TH: Do you read YA books? If so what was your last YA read?

ST : Absolutely! If a writer is writing YA, they should always read YA. (I LOVE YA.) My most recent read was “There’s Someone Inside Your House” by Stephanie Perkins. I read it in one sitting! I’m from Kansas, so it was pretty fun to see Nebraska as a setting since the Midwest isn’t often depicted in YA. I’m reading Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman right now. So far, my favorite 2017 release was Warcross by Marie Lu.

TH : Do you have a playlist of music for Bad Bloods?

ST : I only listened to two songs while writing Bad Bloods: November Rain and Bad Bloods: November Snow.

  1. “Murakami” by Made in Heights
  2. “Black Crown” by Silent Rider and Camille Corazon

Why? Because those were the only two songs that Serena, one of my two protagonists, seemed to connect to. I rarely listened to music while writing Daniel’s parts.

For Bad Bloods: July Thunder and Bad Bloods: July Lightning, Violet, one of the protagonists in the second duology, loved Gin Wigmore, especially “Black Sheep” and “Kill of the Night.”

TH : When writing do you plan and plot or let the story come as you go? (In other words are you an architect or gardener.)

 ST : I’m both. I always outline and make a plan, but I’ve learned to keep an open mind as I go. My outlines are never the same when it’s all said and done, but I prefer to have some sort of plan in mind when I start. I like to think of writing a novel like going on a road trip. You might know where you’re starting, where you want to end, and some places to visit in between, but it’s okay if you stray off course to try a new adventure along the way.

TH : If Bad Bloods was ever made into a movie who would you want for your main characters?

ST : I’m a huge supporter of open casting calls. Granted, I know those are rare (and authors hardly ever get a say in adaptations), but I love how open casting calls give new actors and actresses a shot. (And I think it’s easier to believe an adaptation if you’ve never seen the actor play a different role before.)

TH : I am so excited to hear you are getting more audiobooks! Can you expand on that experience? How is it hearing your stories come to life? Will it be the same narrator? (okay so this was a run on question haha)

 ST : I’m super excited, too! Bad Bloods is my first series getting audiobooks, and the narrator, Jonathan Johns, is amazing. He was really receptive to some behind-the-scenes info that didn’t make it into the books but that I felt was necessary to understand the characters and motivations. He is signed to read all four books! I love his work. 

TH : I am seeing we have similar tastes in YA so if you haven’t already put The Cruel Prince on your TBR it was amazing! What are your most anticipated reads for 2018?

ST : Funny you say that, The Cruel Prince is on my TBR! In 2018, I cannot wait to read Thunderhead (Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman. Scythe was my favorite read this year, though it released in 2016. I’m also dying for My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies #2) by Cynthia HandJodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton. Also, Queen of Air and Darkness (#3 of the Dark Artifices) by Cassandra Clare, Daughter of the Siren Queen (#2 of Daughter of the Pirate King) by Tricia Levenseller, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, and The Towering Sky (The Thousandth Floor #3) by Katherine McGee. Seriously, though, I could go on forever. 

 TH : What are you working on now?

ST : I’m writing my first YA historical fantasy right now. It’s so much fun, but definitely a challenge since it isn’t my usual genre. I love to challenge myself though. There are plans to expand Bad Bloods to one last duology—October Blood and October Bone—but there’s nothing set in stone yet. The rest of the series is getting audiobooks as we speak! Here’s to hoping that the future is bright and fun!

 TH : So happy to have you on the blog today!

ST : Thank you for speaking with me!



I NEED MORE NOW! Such a great read. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this because the concept is very X-men so I was worried I would compare to much because I love X-men. While the powers and the post-apocalyptic type world are in the same genre I really felt like this stood on its own. The fact that this was very character driven and not plot driven made the story very original. I was hooked from the start. I for one was a fan of the cliffhanger. It has left me wanting so much more!

I listened to this in one day! The narration was great. Jonathan Johns voice was clear and rich. His accent made it even better. That being said he didn’t change his voice enough. It would not have bothered me much expect it was a split perspective book so it was easy to miss the switch from chapter to chapter. The only thing that could have made the listen better would have been a female narrator for Serena’s POV. Other than that I really loved his narration. 

Super quick good read! I can’t wait to see what happens next. A huge thank you to Shannon A. Thompson for providing me with this book. You guys should check it out!


About the author : 6880615

Shannon A. Thompson is a young adult author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox. 

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat, Bogart, named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Her other two cats bring her coffee. Between writing and befriending cats, Thompson graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing, and her work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies. Represented by Clean Teen Publishing, Thompson is the best-selling author of the Timely Death trilogy and the Bad Bloods series. When she is not writing, she is climbing rooftops, baking cookies, or watching murder shows in the middle of the night, often done with her cats by her side. 

Visit her blog for writers and readers at


Review : The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding : Alexandra Bracken

33785202Author: Alexandra Bracken

Title: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding

Release Date: September 5th 2017

Format: eArc

Publisher:  Disney-Hyperion

Page Count : 362

Genre : Middle Grade, Fantasy

Reviewer : Taylor

Synopsis via Goodreads

“I would say it’s a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness.”

Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history — that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made — and then broke — a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor isn’t exactly the forgiving type.

The fiend has reawakened with one purpose — to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his future without a side of eternal servitude, thanks.

Little does Prosper know, the malefactor’s control over his body grows stronger with each passing night, and there’s a lot Alastor isn’t telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host.

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a tale of betrayal and revenge, of old hurts passed down from generation to generation. Can you ever fully right a wrong, ever truly escape your history? Or will Prosper and Alastor be doomed to repeat it?

Anyone who knows me can tell you I love Alexandra Bracken. So of course it is no surprise that I had to get my hands on this! Of course I loved it! It has been a long while since I read a middle grade book, so I was a little worried I may feel a disconnect. NO DISCONNECT HERE! This story was so cute and fun to read. It was set at a great pace never lulling or losing interest. 
The character development was fantastic. Our main character Prosper is certainly put through the ringer throughout the story dealing with possession and what not! That being said he also grows so much even while having to share his mind with Alastor. It really has a great coming of age aspect. 
Alastor was also a pleasant surprise. He is the demon possessing Prosper but he becomes more than just “the bad guy.” He brought so much comic relief. Nell was a breath of fresh air with her cute eccentric style. She marched her own drum beat and I LOVED IT!

I love a good middle grade book and this one did not disappoint. Perfect fall read. I loved all the supernatural aspects. Fans of movies like Hocus Pocus and Halloween Town are going to love this! Alexandra is my favorite for a reason. Another fabulous five star read. 



Review : The Big F : Maggie Ann Martin

TBFAuthor: Maggie Ann Martin

Title: The Big F

Release Date: August 29th 2017

Format: eArc

Publisher:  Swoon Read

Page Count : 304

Genre : Young Adult, contemporary,

Reviewer : Taylor


Synopsis via Goodreads

Danielle’s plans for the future were pretty easy to figure out… until she failed senior English and her single college application was denied. Suddenly she’s in hot water with very few options, because honestly who applies to a safety school when their mom is a semi-famous “college psychic”?!

Determined to get her life back on track, Danielle enrolls in her hometown community college with a plan: pass her English class and get back into Ohio State and her mother’s good graces. Romance isn’t on her radar… until she reconnects with her childhood crush and golden-boy-next-door, Luke.

Between family drama, first love and finding her own way, Danielle can’t help but feel a little overwhelmed. Thankfully she has her friendship with the snarky and frustratingly attractive Porter, her coworker at the campus bookstore, to push her to experience new things and help keep her afloat.

One thing’s for sure: This time, failure’s not an option.




I loved this so much. I was not sure what to expect going in. I thought we would be following a downward spiral of Danielle but what I got was so much better. This was such a great coming of age story. I loved watching Danielle grow into the person she wanted to be. Learning to trust herself and not bend to the whims of others.

The male leads where amazing. They both had different things going for them. Luke with his connection to her past. He also trying to figure out who is in this world. Along the way we see his family and learn the expectations on him.

Porter. I LOVED HIM. He was so unapologetically him throughout the whole story. I loved the way he kept notes in his notepads. It gave him this amazingly real way to see the world. I loved that he found a way to remember even the small things life had to offer.

If you love a good coming of age rom com this is so for you.  Five big freaking stars for this amazing debut novel!


About the Author :

MaggieMaggie Ann Martin hails from Iowa City, Iowa but moonlights as a New Yorker. She has a shiny new BA in English and Journalism from the University of Iowa, the most welcoming literary community in the world. When she is not writing, you can find her binge watching TV shows or passionately fangirling over fictional characters on the Internet. The Big F is her debut novel. Find her at these places below

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Review : Paper Hearts : Ali Novak


Author: Ali Novak

Title: Paper Hearts

Release Date: July 4th, 2017

Format: eArc

Publisher:  Sourcebooks

Page Count : 384

Genre : Young Adult, contemporary, 

Reviewer : Taylor



Synopsis Via Goodreads

“I’m sorry,” he said, slowly untying the ribbon that held his mask in place. “It’s just-I didn’t want you to think of me any differently.”

Somehow I kept my mouth from falling open. I knew his face, but my mind couldn’t accept that he was the person looking down at me.

“My real name is Alec.”

Felicity has her entire future planned. Ever since her older sister ran away, she’s had the full weight of her mother’s expectations on her shoulders. So she works hard to get straight As and save for college.

Except sometimes the best things in life are unplanned-like when Felicity meets a handsome, masked stranger while she is volunteering at a charity masquerade ball. She never thought he’d flirt with her. And she certainly never thought he’d turn out to be a member of the world-famous Heartbreakers band, Alec.

Then Felicity uncovers a shocking family secret. Suddenly, she, Alec, and her two best friends are off on a road trip to find Felicity’s missing sister. And she’s about to discover that unexpected turns have a peculiar way of landing her right where she needs to be…


Ali Novak gave me life these last few days! I listened to the heartbreakers right before I started reading Paper hearts! Both of which were so stinking cute.

This installments follows Alec our stoic silent type. I was so excited to hear hi s story especially since we saw glimpse of how his father treated him and the boys in the first book. On that note I have to say I wanted more of Alec, his life, his father, his past and I feel like we did not get that. We got a lot of Felicity’s (our main lady love in this installment) back story because she was the main POV of the book. I really hope we get to see more what happens with Alec and the band after the new direction he took for himself. 

Felicity was a good character, I did not love her as much as Stella but she still had great moments. This story followed her on her, two friends, and Alec on their hunt for her sister. Some how took a more serious tone than the first. Because of this we did not see the heartbreakers together as often. However when we did it was so fun! Fels friends also brought more laughter to the group when everyone was all together.

I really liked reading these two books. I laughed out loud so many times! Reading these is like watching a teen romcom and I LOVE IT! Paper Hearts was an awesome next installment. It did lack in a few spots for me but all together it was a 3.75 stars. If I had just a little more Alec I would have bumped it to four. I recommend this series to anyone who loves YA and laughing!!!




Review : Follow Me Back : A.V. Geiger

32470611Author: A.V. Geiger

Title: Follow Me Back

Release Date: June 6th, 2017

Format: eArc

Publisher:  Sourcebooks

Page Count : 368

Genre : Young Adult, contemporary, Myst1ery, Thriller

Reviewer : Taylor

Synopsis Via Goodreads

Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…

Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.

When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…

Told through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts.

Okay people I am #followmebackobsessed this book just took me on a wild ride that had me yelling at my fiance for answers! I may have scared him into calling off our wedding because of this book! 

But really lets focus. The start was really slow for me. I had a hard time digging in but I am so glad I stuck through it because once it picked up, I couldn’t stop. Tessa is suffering from an event that happened in her past that causes her a fear of leaving her home. She is a soft unassuming character because of this. I was really rooting for her the whole way through. I found myself wanting her to get a happy ending.

Eric Thorn is your typical pop star boy in these types of books, he hates his fame. Except he actually has a reason with the recent murder of a fellow pop star. Eric can’t shake the fear that something like this could happen to him. He goes on a journey almost as meaningful as Tessa’s.

The writing style was neat. I am really excited to see a finished copy of this book because my galley had some spacing issues and no page breaks, causing some things to get lost in translation from time to time. That is to be expected with uncorrected proofs just makes the need for the finished copy even stronger.

THE END OF THIS BOOK LEFT ME REELING. I am in shock and awe. I can’t even explain the range of emotions. I also did not there was a squeal hence my tantrum that scared my fiance. I can not even wait to find out what happens next. This book was an unexpected gem. READ IT PEOPLE. It is sure to have you clinging to end of you seat trying to guess what happens next.

Four obsessed stars!





Review : One of Us Is Lying : Karen M. McManus


32571395Author: Karen M. McManus

Title: One of Us Is Lying

Release Date: May 30th, 2017

Format: eArc

Publisher:  Delacorte Press

Page Count : 368

Genre : Young Adult, contemporary, Mystery, Thriller

Reviewer : Taylor


Synopsis Via Goodreads :

One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Sorry for my MIAness lately. I started a new position at my work and it has been keeping a bit busy. That being said I AM NOT going to neglect my blog anymore.

BIG thank you to netgalley and publishers for this ARC. I saw the premise and was desperate to get my hands on this!!! So to say my expectations were high is an understatement. A thriller twist on the breakfast club and it did not disappoint.

The characters were super fleshed out! I was worried that switch back and forth would throw off the story, but they all stood so well on there own that I couldn’t stop reading AT ALL. I loved them all so much it is hard to choose! My favorite was Addy this girl grew leaps and bounds in front of our eyes and it was a fantastic transformation! Bad boy sexy pants Nate was everything I could hope for from the “criminal.” Nerd extraordinaire Bronwyn being a girl was GREAT. Cooper my heart! Just everyone was great.

The plot was good. I was interested the whole way through and could not wait to finish the book. That being said the major plot point was very obvious to may pretty early in. I had a guess to what really happened and I was right. That all being said I still really enjoyed the book. The pacing, the writing, the characters, and of course the story. This is a damn good debut from Karen McManus. Please write us more books about anything! McManus is a new insta buy for me! FOUR STARS!!!



Review : A Crown of Wishes : Roshani Chokshi

29939047Title: A Crown of Wishes

Author: Roshani Chokshi 

Release Date: March 28th 2017

Format: Hard cover

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Page Count : 352

Genre : Young Adult , Fantasy,Romance, epic 

Reviewer : Taylor


Synopsis Via Goodreads

An ancient mystery. An unlikely union. For one young princess in a state of peril, a dangerous wish could be the only answer…

She is the princess of Bharata—captured by her kingdom’s enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? He promises her freedom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. It seems like a foolproof plan—until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds, a feast of fears, and twisted fairy revels. New trials will test their devotion, strength, and wits. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

I was so excited for this because I love Roshani’s lyrical writing. Star touched intrigued me so much! Crown did just the same. I loved the two main characters this go about.  While on the subject of characters while at an event I went to Rosh said she was inspired by a few things and Beauty and the beast was one. Spoiler alert the beast in this story is Gauri.

Gauri is a bad ass female character who is deadly, beastly, but also feminine! She loves make up as much as swords and even as someone who does not wear makeup much I really loved that about her. She shows a side to female YA characters that we don’t  see much which is being able to do both. You can be a bad ass sword wielding warrior but also love feeling beautiful!

Vikram was book boyfriend material at its finest! He is witty, sarcastic, intelligent, and perfect. I enjoyed him so much and again the fact that he showed a different side that YA is lacking sometimes. He was the softer character who was very in tune to his feelings. He used his mind and heart to fight battles. He listened and remembered and I LOVE HIM.

Okay BANTER people! So much cute witty banter. I am a sucker for people who bicker this book had so much of it! Examples below.

“Are you done?”


“May I get up?”


“I see you like your men with their egos gutted.”

“Only when I’m feeling generous.”

He laughed. “My apologies.”

and this one here is my favorite but MAJOR spoiler because it is from the very very end of the book highlight if you want to read…

“I didn’t manipulate. I encouraged. My council does want me to get married. I just thought that we’d grown so used to annoying one another that we might as well do that for the rest of my life and I would have preferred to ask you when you stood in front of me and not through a series of treaties! And I say the rest of my life, not ours, since this just confirms that you will be the death of me. And as for knowing how you felt, I knew because I asked.”


I ended up liking this more than star touched! My only quip would be that it was occasionally slow but not enough to make me lose interest. This is easily a four star

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REVIEW : The Last Thing You Said : Sara Biren


Title: The Last Thing You Said 

Author: Sara Biren

Release Date: April 4th 2017

Format: E Arc

Publisher: Amulet Books

Page Count : 320

Genre : Young Adult , Contemporary ,Romance, grief 

Reviewer : Taylor

Synopsis Via Goodreads

Last summer, Lucy’s and Ben’s lives changed in an instant. One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, Trixie—Lucy’s best friend and Ben’s sister—was gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim. And just like that, the idyllic world they knew turned upside down, and the would-be couple drifted apart, swallowed up by their grief. Now it’s a year later in their small lake town, and as the anniversary of Trixie’s death looms, Lucy and Ben’s undeniable connection pulls them back together. They can’t change what happened the day they lost Trixie, but the summer might finally bring them closer to healing—and to each other.

I struggled a little with my rating here. BUT I think I figured it all out! I tore through this book in one day! I was super invested in the story and the characters. Losing friends young is very hard. I lost family and friends young. One of my long time friends when I was just a senior in high school. So this book called to me right away.

We are dealing with two people at different stages in their grief. Lucy lost Trixie her best friend as if that isn’t painful enough she loses Ben as well. The love of her life and Trixies brother. He is alive but is unable to be around her now. Lucy is at the point where she is sad and missing her best friend every day but she knows that she needs to get moving. That living is what Trixie would have wanted. She meets a boy Simon and that’s really where everything changes for her.
Ben goes bat shit crazy in the wake of his sister’s death. He is harboring guilt because he thinks if he had been paying attention to his sister and not Lucy she would be alive. He hates the world and everything in it. He attacks Lucy with that hate every chance he gets. Bens grief is the kind I understand. I loved that he was angry and reckless. I loved that he cursed like a sailor and acted out sexually. It felt very real to me. Don’t get me wrong I was yelling at the book, begging him to get his shit together! That is the point though he invoked a real feeling within me.
Lucy was also a beautiful character. She has made a new friend named Hannah who is trying to help her deal with the grief. I loved their friendship so much. I loved that Hannah wanted to know Trixie. That she treated her with respect even though she was gone. I loved all the female friendships in this book!

” Be really brave. BRB – our code.”

That sums up how amazing Trixie and these relationships are.

Now on to my issues. Simon the boy Lucy begins dating to try and move on from Ben. He seems extremely sweet and it’s so clear at times he loves her in a way. I also felt some off things about him. Maybe he capitalized on grief a little. I don’t know if that was intentional because it wasn’t addressed. He also throws something very personal in Bens face and that sat very very wrong with me. Simon at the end also faces a grief of his own and I didn’t think that was needed. SPOLIERISH? I hated the kind of stress that added to Lucy. Simon and all his flaws was there for her during her grief and she just left him. It did not sit well with me. BUT my conflicting feelings on Simon the ones that think he was using her grief make me think that is why she left him in his time of need. (I don’t mean she should have stayed with him by any means. Just been a friend)

SO this was my only issue with the story. If you can even call it that.
I really liked this book. I think everyone should read! It dealt with grief in ways we don’t often see in the YA world. It also gave us different manifestations of grief helping show that not everyone grieves the same. It was wonderful. FOUR STAR.

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