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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. 

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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?”

“Yes.”

“May I get up?”

“No.”

“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 MEAN COME ON PEOPLE SO MUCH YESSS!

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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Favorite Quote

“No longer harsh and winter black, but vast and (1)

 

 

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REVIEW : Geekerella : Ashley Poston

30201136Title: Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston

Release Date: April 4th 2017

Format: E Arc

Publisher: Quirk Books

Page Count : 320

Genre : Young Adult , Contemporary ,Romance, Retellings, Fairy Tales, Pop Culture, Fandom

Reviewer : Taylor

Synopsis via Goodreads

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

Hello my name is Taylor…and I’m a OBSESSED FANGIRL over this book. I can’t even get myself together to write this review. I am so in love, I am going to go buy every book by Ashley Poston.

OKAY first I loved that it was set in Charleston SC such a beautiful area! Also fangirl moment here Yallfest takes place there and I could so picture the pumpkin going through downtown. Okay back to the review…. This gave me so many happy feels. I related to Elle on so many levels. I spent all of high school with my black glasses, dyed red hair, my miniature dachshund, and everything nerdy thing known to man.

“You’re a good boy, yes you are! Once I save up enough, I’ll spring the both of us out of here. Whatcha think of that, copilot?” His tail pat-pats excitedly in the mud. “I’ll even get us matching sunglasses. The whole nine yards.”

If this is not me I don’t know what is. So Elle has my heart. She was a relatable character that truly had you rooting for her. I loved that she was a writer and blogger. The blogging and vlogging world is so important to me and many other fangirls and boys. So it was really special to see that world portrayed here. 

SAGE my wonderful green haired goddess, I did not know it was possible to relate to so many characters yet here we are. As the B in the LBGTQ I was so here for this character and everything she was! Really one of the best side characters ever. I could go for a book about what comes next for her!

Darien my nerd girl heart! I loved him. I know some guys who look like your typical popular jock, who could never understand fandom’s but that is not always the case ALL people can surprise you. Anyone can be geeky and Darien is no exception. I loved his story and the difference between who he wanted to be verses who the world though he was. 

Excelsicon was done so well. I have always wanted to do a cosplay contest but I can’t sow to save my life! This whole book was geeky wonderfulness! If someone wants to do a movie version i’m here for that! This gave me Cinderella story circa Hilary Duff days! Only 1000 times better because these were characters I could relate too! PEOPLE get your preorder going because it’s so worth it. SO MANY STARS FOR THIS. 

FAIRY

Favorite Quote and next tattooo! Because OH YES this will be tattooed on my body!

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REVIEW : Shadow Run : Adrianne Strickland and Michael Miller

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Title: Shadow Run

Author: Adrianne Strickland and Michael Miller

Release Date: March 21st 2017

Format: E Arc

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Page Count : 400

Genre : Fantasy, Young Adult, Epic, Science Fiction

Reviewer : Taylor

Synopsis via Goodreads

Nev has just joined the crew of the starship Kaitan Heritage as the cargo loader. His captain, Qole, is the youngest-ever person to command her own ship, but she brooks no argument from her crew of orphans, fugitives, and con men. Nev can’t resist her, even if her ship is an antique.

As for Nev, he’s a prince, in hiding on the ship. He believes Qole holds the key to changing galactic civilization, and when her cooperation proves difficult to obtain, Nev resolves to get her to his home planet by any means necessary.

But before they know it, a rival royal family is after Qole too, and they’re more interested in stealing her abilities than in keeping her alive.

Nev’s mission to manipulate Qole becomes one to save her, and to survive, she’ll have to trust her would-be kidnapper. He may be royalty, but Qole is discovering a deep reservoir of power—and stars have mercy on whoever tries to hurt her ship or her crew

The blurb for this book left me with some super high hopes and it did not disappoint. There is space travel, shadow, bad ass fight scenes, slow burn romancing, wickedly amazing characters. I count myself very lucky to have gotten my hands on this. I think this book is going to blow up BIG!
The characters and world building are fantastic. I felt like I was truly in these new places while reading this. The architecture felt so real. I could fully envision everything and that is hard to do in SCI-FI novel. On top of that we get to see a good amount of different places so there was a lot of world building being done.
THE CHARACTERS wow I have not loved every core character to the group in a book since six of crows! Qole is our bad ass female lead in this she is strong, smart, fierce, but she is also closed off from people. She has issues she is working through that have caused her to not imagine a future for herself. Watching her grow was amazing. Nev my sweet undercover prince! Can I just first say I AM HERE FOR HIM BEING SENSITVE! He was great bad ass dual blade wielding but also inherently kind. He wants what is best for his people and friends. Nothing could take the kindness from his heart. I really loved that he was the more heart on your sleeve character also because we seldom see men in the profile.
I loved the rest of the crew as well Basra and Arjan are life. I need to know everything there is to know about them! Telu and her bad ass hacking! I love a hacker it is my not so secret wish to be that amazing with hacking! Eton with his stand offish vibe but in the same sentence he is cooking dinner like a boss! Solara, Nev’s sister. I NEED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HER!
Lets’s talk dual POV I loved them both! Usually I find myself liking one POV better and then dying to get back to the one every time it changes. With this though I was happy no matter what. I loved both characters so much I could have lived in their minds forever.
Romance in this is slow burning wonderful. ALL AROUND. Yes yes yes! That is all I am going to say about that. This book was so good. I loved it go buy it now please.
5 stars!
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Favorite Quote
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L.E. DeLano : Interview : Author of TRAVELER

 

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Synopsis Via Goodreads

Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles…Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it… this Jessa is going to live.

I am so excited that L.E. DeLano agreed to stop by our little blog! She is a debut author of Traveler you can find my review here. Spoiler alert it was FANTASTIC! Without our further ado L.E DeLano!

Where did you get the inspiration for your book?

  • When I was eight we were living in England, and I watched an old version of “Alice Through The Looking Glass” on TV (it was the 1974 version, which was really creepy). I happened to pass a mirror afterward and thought it would be cool if there was another ‘me’ on the other side. I stared at my reflection for a long time until – I swear to you – I saw the other me blink. It scared me a lot to the point that I still get a creepy feeling if I catch my reflection out of the corner of my eye.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

  • Trying to think like a teenage guy is hard. Really hard. At the same time, you don’t want to write your hero as an average teenage guy, either. He’s got to rise above and be more, either from the outset or as the story grows, and it needs to feel organic. It’s a real balancing act.

You have some great diversity going in Traveler which I for one LOVED! We have Danny having autism, Ben being Hawaiian, and one of the Jessa’s is deaf. How important do you think it is in YA that we have diversity in our books?

  • It’s incredibly important! And I think we’re really coming into a time where diversity is being celebrated in all sorts of literature and in all sorts of ways. We’re moving in the right direction, but we still need more voices in those pages.

Who was your favorite character to write? What about your least favorite?

  • Pirate Finn was just oodles of fun. Didn’t really have a character I disliked writing.

Was it difficult to write the alternate realities?

  • Oh, that was the fun part! Think of it – unlimited worlds at your fingertips, and they can be just a little different, or wildly off. In addition, Jessa (and Finn) are a little different in each reality, too. How fun is that? I suppose the difficulty is in reigning yourself in. I had one reality early on where she was going to be part of a traveling circus as a fire-eating high-wire artist! Loads of fun, but it really didn’t advance the story so it got cut.

If it was ever made into a movie who would you want for your main characters?

  • I think Chloe Grace Moretz would be a terrific Jessa. Ben would be Boo-Boo Stewart. Finn’s a little harder. I see Evan Peters or maybe Bob Morely (from ‘The 100’).

NOW after that ending you left us on the cliff dangling by our little pinky fingers I have to ask I know you are currently working on Dreamer which is the sequel can you give us a little tease?

  • I am definitely working on Dreamer. And one of the things you’ll get to read is a story Jessa is writing, based on a memory of her steampunk self. It’s the day that the other Jessa met pirate Finn – their origin story. Here’s a tease:

“Did I startle you, love?”

“This is a private beach,” she replied, trying to sound firm, but failing as his eyes stayed locked with hers. “What are you doing here?”

“It’s a devilish hot day,” he said with a shrug. “This is the only shade on the beach. It’s a good thing you didn’t arrive ten minutes sooner – you’d surely have had your delicate sensibilities offended.”

She felt her spine stiffen. “I’m not delicate.”

“No,” he said, studying her a moment. “I can see that you’re not.”

“You have a name?”

“Captain Finn Gallagher,” he said, getting up from his seat. He swept her a courtly bow.

“Have we met, Mr. Gallagher?” She stared at him, trying to place him, for he seemed familiar somehow, despite his lack of a shirt.

“Now that,” he said, pointing his apple at her, “Is a question, and a good one.” He took one last bite of the fruit before pitching it off into the sand.

“You have an accent,” she said. “Irish?”

“Aye. I’ve taken up a new route – my ship is the fastest solar schooner in port.”

“The tall one? With the tree painted on the mainsail?”

“That’s the one,” he said, grinning. She couldn’t seem to stop staring at the dimple that appeared on one side, just above the curve of his lip.

“It’s a fine ship.” She turned her head to look out to the sea. “I would imagine you’ve had many adventures, with a ship like that.”

“I have,” he agreed, stepping to the edge of the beach and offering a hand to assist her out of the water. “I’ve had a fair few without it, as well. Would you like to hear about them?”

She couldn’t stop the excitement that leapt into her eyes. “I would. I want to hear them all.” She reached her hand out as she drew closer, and he grasped it gently, placing a light kiss on the backs of her fingers. He didn’t let it go.

“My name is Jessamyn,” she said, a little breathlessly. “But my friends call me–”

“Jessa.” He finished. And something inside her shifted at the familiarity of her name on his lips.

Big thank you to L.E. DeLano for taking time to do this interview! THAT TEASER swoon much? I am so ready for book two! I so pictured BooBoo Stewart as well and now Evan Peters MY HEART! Make sure you guy’s check out Traveler it is so worth it! 

XOXO Taylor

About L.E. DeLano 

11916104_1387437388221933_293721876262089672_nL.E. DeLano is a novelist, blogger and autism advocate with a “useless” Theatre degree that has opened doors for her in numerous ways. Though mostly raised in New Mexico, she now calls Pennsylvania home. When she’s not writing, which is almost never, she’s binge-watching Netflix and trying her best not to be an unwitting pawn her cat’s quest for world domination.

Check out her blog here.

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Review : The Dragons Price : Bethany Wiggins

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Title : The Dragons Price

Author: Bethany Wiggins

Release Date: February 21st 2017

Format: EArc

Publisher:  Crown Books

Page Count : 304

Genre : Young Adult, Fantasy, Scifi, epic, romance

Reviewer : Taylor

Synopsis Via Goodreads

Fans of Julie Kagawa’s Talon and Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn will devour this action-packed fantasy adventure about a girl who chooses to surrender herself to a deadly dragon rather than marry an enemy prince.

When two warring kingdoms unified against a deadly menace laying waste to both their lands, they had to make a choice: vow to marry their heirs to one another, or forfeit their lives to the dragon.

Centuries later, everyone expects the sheltered princess Sorrowlynn to choose the barbarian prince over the fire-breathing beast—everyone, that is, except Sorrow, who is determined to control her own destiny or die trying.

As she is lowered into the dragon’s chamber, she assumes her life is over until Golmarr, the young prince she just spurned, follows her with the hopes of being her hero and slaying the dragon. But the dragon has a different plan. . . .

If the dragon wins, it will be freed from the spell that has bound it to the cave for centuries. If Sorrow or Golmarr vanquish the dragon, the victor will gain its treasure and escape the cave beneath the mountain. But what exactly is the dragon hiding?

There are no safe havens for Sorrow or Golmarr—not even with each other—and the stakes couldn’t be higher as they risk everything to protect their kingdom.

Thanks to Crown Books and NetGalley! Let me just jump right into this one. I had a book hangover from King’s Cage and thought it would be hard to dive into my next read. How could something possibly be enough? WELL this was more than enough.

Sorrowlynn is our princess locked in tower, she lives with an awful prophecy that she will die by her own hand. On her 16th birthday she must be willing to give herself to another kingdom or to the dragon they are cursed by. COME ON PEOPLE who would not be intrigued by this.
Sorrowlynn was a great character. She is super sheltered and does not know much about life. Somehow finds a way to push through that and do crazy things. She thinks about what is good for her and the people around her. We also learn a little about her past and abuse. I think abuse is something that needs to be talked about in all genres of books. So much happens in this book that I need to keep quite so I am trying to be careful with my review.
Golmarr is the male lead in this and I LOVE HIM. He is so swoon worthy. I swear everything about this character is life for me! He is from the other kingdom and takes an interest in Sorrowlynn rather fast. He is curious about the princess who has been locked away. He is a strong character but he is also kind and understanding. He trusts Sorrowlynn and her opinions, he never makes it seem like she cannot protect herself. I loved that about this story! For example he is telling a story saying that he was on his way to do his knightly duty to save the princess laughing with his family but then stops and say’s.
“She had already saved herself.” He was proud of that! I love when we have bad ass females to look up too!
Let’s talk romance! There is insta but not insta love. It is obvious who the OTP is right away BUT it is still slow burn loveliness. I was obsessed with this couple. I thought it would be young and fluffy but it was sexy smoldering but also sweet and beautiful and perfect and GUYS this may be my new favorite OTP. This couple is perfect together. They push each other to be better and listen to each other’s opinions. Never judging each other. Also so refreshing to read no love triangle for the girl! Maybe even a little love triangle with the male but that’s to be seen.
I loved this book the end though was slightly easy to predict but it’s okay with me because I love where this story is going. It had me on the edge of my seat, then laughing, and crying 4.5 Stars because I saw the end coming but 1000000 stars for that damn wonderful romance!

★★★★

Favorite Quote
“I want you to feel what you do to my heart when I kiss you, Sorrowlynn”

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Review : Traveler : L.E. DeLano

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Title: Traveler

Author: L.E. DeLano

Release Date:February 7th 2017

Format: eArc

Publisher:  Swoon Reads

Page Count : 352

Genre : Young Adult, Mystery, Fantasy, Scifi, epic

Reviewer : Taylor

 

Synopsis Via Goodreads

Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles…Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it… this Jessa is going to live.

Thank you to NetGalley and Swoon Reads

I tore through this book, I couldn’t put it down every time I tried it kept getting better! Let’s talk some world building here guys she literally recreates reality over over but it is never the same! I could not believe how easy it was to transition and know where I was. It was clear every time we went somewhere new.
I loved the plot with the traveling and different reality’s. I thought it was well done and super clever. That you are you no matter where you go. At least an extension of you. I only had one issue if you can even call it that, if all the different us are a little piece of us how are we in love with one person or are we in love with every extension of that person. I know you can’t understand me read then come talk to me about this bit HAHA well I am not to mad about this because a certain pirate has been all over my mind during this read. Speaking of lets move on.
Characters let me start with Jessa number one. I really enjoyed her and her outspoken witty attitude. I would without a doubt be friends with this girl. She is there for her family and I loved that. Danny is her older brother. He has autism but that does not define him. He was one of my favorite characters. I could just tell and still can tell he knows things that others don’t. In my heart i’m certain he will play a huge role in the second book. Well on the subject of diverse characters we also meet a Jessa who is deaf. It is something I have always wished to see in books. We need characters who are deaf, blind, autistic, we just need more diversity period.
OKAY climbs off soap box. I loved Finn and Ben. Our two main boy characters aside from Danny. We get to meet more than one Finn and my my I could live in a world with multiple hims. To be fair I quite like been a lot also. These characters are swoon worthy for sure! THE END THOUGH wow the end I can’t say anything else. I just need book two already. Like can I beta read please!? Ill take every little chapter one could spare I need more!
I’m babbling at this point GO buy the book you won’t be disappointed. Four stars!

★★★★
Favorite Quote
“Good meeting you, Finn. Agian.”
“You won’t easily be forgotten, Jessa”

 

 

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BOOKTUBE : Books n’ Buns

Hey guys! I am so excited to announce that my friend Denia and I have started a booktube channel. I am so excited to start posting videos. We will be talking anything YA bookish. Reviews, games, book to film, unboxings, you name it we will be doing it. Please check us out. Let me know if any of you all booktube we would love to subscribe. We are also totally open to doing some mash ups with other booktubers. Any feedback is welcome feedback! 

xoxox-Taylor

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Review : Because You’ll Never Meet Me : Leah Thomas

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Author: Leah Thomas

Release Date: July 2nd 2015

Format: Kindle Book

Publisher:  Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Page Count : 344

Genre : Young Adult, Mystery, Fantasy, contemparey, Scifi, LGBTQ

Reviewer : Taylor

 

Synopsis Via Goodreads

Finalist for the 2016 William C. Morris Award
An Indie Next List selection

In a stunning literary debut, two boys on opposite ends of the world begin an unlikely friendship that will change their lives forever.

Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. Moritz’s weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker. If they ever did meet, Ollie would seize. But Moritz would die without his pacemaker. Both hermits from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times—as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him.

A story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances, this debut is powerful, dark and humorous in equal measure. These extraordinary voices bring readers into the hearts and minds of two special boys who, like many teens, are just waiting for their moment to shine.

Okay late to the game here on this one but OH MY LANTA I loved it! This book is written as letters between our two main characters Oliver and Moritz. They are newly met pen pals pared together due to  illness.

Ollie, Oliver, upandfree I loved him too much. He lives in America in a cabin in the woods due to an allergy to electricity he is a self proclaimed hermit. Not a slight one either. Ollie can never be in contact with it at all as far as he knows. Despite that Ollie tries his best to make light of his situation. His voice is so fun to dive into. He is all about super heroes and needling. Trying to discover his origin story. He has some super ADD which for me made him very relatable.

Moritz is living in Germany. He is not a hermit but a scared little boy. See he has no eyes, yet he is not blind. He has all the makings to be super a hero and yet he is not one. He grows so much throughout this story. He was my unsung hero! He raps guys and I need a movie edition so I can see that! We see him finally see himself, make friends, fall in love. IT is so amazing. Unfortunately he also has pace maker so you see they can never meet.

These two characters bring out the best in each other. I love the difference in their voices so much. You would never know the same person wrote this Leah Thomas is masterful!  I am already diving in to the second book and I cannot wait to see what happens next. Easy easy five stars. This book is the perfect blend of contemporary story “AFTER ALL THIS IS NOT SCIENCE FICTION” with just the right amount of sci-fi ;). Pick up this book!

  ★★★★★

Favorite Quote 

“Now you cannot say I do not trust you. I have shown you my beating heart. Pace-maker and all, confidant.”

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Review : The edge of everything : Jeff Giles

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Title: The edge of everything

Author: Jeff Giles

Release Date: January 31st 2017

Format: eArc

Publisher:  Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Page Count : 368

Genre : Young Adult, Mystery, Fantasy,

Reviewer : Taylor

 

Synopsis Via Goodreads 

It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father’s shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods–only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.

X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. Forbidden to reveal himself to anyone other than his victims, X casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As X and Zoe learn more about their different worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. But escaping the Lowlands and the ties that bind X might mean the ultimate sacrifice for both of them.

Thank you to Bloomsbury USA Childrens Publishing and Netgalley for providing me with this ARC in exchange for a honest review! 

WOW WOW WOW! I am not sure where to start. This book was fantastic in so many different ways. I was very excited to read this as there has been a bunch of buzz going on for it lately. I am a tiny bit conflicted so I apologize if my review is scattered. I am going to start with everything I loved.

The characters are off the charts wonderful. Our male lead X is our brooding supernatural character, however cliché it sounds he has his uniqueness. I love the way he speaks, he was raised by one of our other side characters Ripper who was alive in the 1800s so you can imagine how lovely he sounds.  Zoe is our bad ass female lead. She is sarcastic, fierce, and real. She has her issues that she is working through but does her best to look strong. Val is Zoe best friend. She is a diverse fun character that I am DYING to see more of! Between the two of them the dialogue feels so authentic. They  talk about tumblr, instagram, and social media in general. It is really great to see that in a book because teens and adults are using these things on a regular bases in real life. It makes the characters seem very real. This is something to makes a fantasy world for possible.

Her mother and little brother give me life! The relationship with her mom is well done. She is struggling to hold the balance of being close to her mom especially since the death of her father but also the anger she finds herself stuck with as she learns more and more throughout the series that her mother was holding back secrets. Sweet Jonah our little bug! I just loved the relationships everyone built with him. He is like the glue to everything. Okay okay I could go on forever about all of them Dallas, Ripper, Banger, Brian, EVERYONE!

The story line was great it is split perspectives so for the better part of the book it was almost like having two stories in one. I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going on. I could not put the book down because I was so invested in the plot and how things were unraveling.

NOW there is some SUPER insta love going on. I do not hate or like insta love. Sometimes the romance is so heady and great that I do not care if it makes since. With this story it seems like it comes out of absolutely no where. Yes he saved Zoe and Jonah but that is not enough in my opinion. I needed more development. We had such little time with them that I feel like I didn’t see them develop  the chemistry I was looking for.

All that being said I still loved the book and cannot wait for the next one. PLEASE LET THERE BE A NEXT ONE! This book would have been five stars if it had just a little more relationship development. Four stars! 

  ★★★★

Favorite quote

“There had been a wall separating two worlds–a wall that stood there for a reason. He had burned it down.