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Cover Reveal: Whatever Happens by Micalea Smeltzer, #Young Adult Romance, Release Date: July 19, 2019

 

 

Title: Whatever Happens
Author: Micalea Smeltzer
Genre: Young Adult Romance

Cover Design: RBA Designs

Release Date: July 19, 2019

Blurb

Violet Page is having a rough time. This former popular girl
is lost. Her parents uproot everything after her younger sister’s suicide,
moving states away to escape the lingering pain of loss. She doesn’t fit in
anywhere, but finds herself strangely drawn to the boy she watches view the
world through a telescope.
Finnley Crawford isn’t your typical boy next door. Being
autistic has always set him apart from kids his age. None of them quite knows
how to approach him or interact, leaving him only one friend in the form of his
support dog. His lack of friendships lead him to a unique love of space and
aspirations of one day reaching the stars. For in the stars, he sees a peace
and beauty he can’t find on Earth.
The more time these two seemingly opposite teenagers spend
together, the more they learn it isn’t what’s on the outside that counts. So much
can be found on the inside if you only care to look.
Author Bio
Hi.
I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going
to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask
me how many, I don’t remember at this point. I have an unhealthy addiction to
Diet Coke but I can’t seem to break the habit. I listen to way too much music
and hedgehogs have taken over my life. Crazy is the word that
best sums up my life, but it’s the good kind of crazy and I wouldn’t change it
for anything.
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📝REVIEW📝 ~ 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 ~ Soul of the Sword (Shadow of the Fox #2) ~ Author: Julie Kagawa ~ Genre: #YA #Fantasy ~ Available June 18th, 2019!

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Soul of the Sword

(Shadow of the Fox #2)

By

Julie Kagawa

Genre: #YA #Fantasy

My Rating: 4.5

Cover: 4

Publication: June 18th, 2019

Read: June 9th, 2019

POV: First-person dual perspective

Hardcover: 432

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41861646-soul-of-the-sword

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Soul-Sword-Shadow-Julie-Kagawa/dp/1335184996/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2LBN4D9HRYN11&keywords=soul+of+the+sword&qid=1560132054&s=gateway&sprefix=soul+of+the%2Caps%2C134&sr=8-2

Series: https://www.goodreads.com/series/226819-shadow-of-the-fox

Synopsis:

One thousand years ago, a wish was made to the Harbinger of Change and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. It had one task: to seal away the powerful demon Hakaimono.

Now he has broken free.

Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has one task: to take her piece of the ancient and powerful scroll to the Steel Feather temple in order to prevent the summoning of the Harbinger of Change, the great Kami Dragon who will grant one wish to whomever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. But she has a new enemy now. The demon Hakaimono, who for centuries was trapped in a cursed sword, has escaped and possessed the boy she thought would protect her, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan.

Hakaimono has done the unthinkable and joined forces with the Master of Demons in order to break the curse of the sword and set himself free. To overthrow the empire and cover the land in darkness, they need one thing: the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. As the paths of Yumeko and the possessed Tatsumi cross once again, the entire empire will be thrown into chaos.

📝My Review📝:

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

4.5 Stars

In this exciting sequel to Soul of the Sword we see Yumeko and the squad continue their journey to the Steel Feather Temple but on top of trying to keep the scroll safe there is the added challenge of Tatsumi now being possessed by the demon Hakaimono. While Hakaimono is off causing lots of chaos Yumeko has made it her goal to save Tatsumi from the demon possessing him on top of getting the scroll to the Steel Feather Temple. But this journey is not easy and the squad (Okame, Reika, Master Jiro, and Daisuke) hit many roadblocks along the way. It is an exciting and thrilling story that is nothing short of enjoyable. If you loved the first book then you will love this one as well.

Now why is this not a 5 star read if I enjoyed it so much? Here are my critiques. This was a similar issue with the first book but the story is very slow moving. There is one goal in mind and it takes the entire book to get there. Now this is not a huge issue but I just wish there was more. I want more from this story. Secondly there was many predictable moments. While some things did come as a shock to me there was a lot that did not as well. Predictability is not bad but it makes the story a little less enjoyable. Lastly Tatsumi was not in this book that much and I missed him…that is a personal thing but these are my reasons why this book is a 4.5.

Let’s talk about character development. There was a lot and I am thrilled about it. Yumeko grew so much! One of my complaints about the first book was that she was too innocent. Well not anymore my friends Yumeko really explores her kitsune side in this book and uses her powers a lot more. She also grows as a person. She was very oblivious to the world in the first book but she becomes a lot more aware in this one. She starts to understand feelings as well (not just romantic feelings) and I think that was so important to her character development. Reika really took charge in this book, I really saw her as the leader of our little squad and not a force to be trifled with. Daisuke and Okame! My precious boys I love them. They also develop a lot in this book but I won’t say how. I think it is better left unknown before going into the book. What I will say is that Okame is not the only humorous character anymore. Lastly Tatsumi/Hakaimono, well Hakaimono is a demon so he does pretty shady things. Like I mentioned we don’t see Tatsumi much since he is possessed but the dynamic and development of these two characters is very important. You’ll see what I mean when you read it.

I was dying to read this book and I was not disappointed. This series is really one of my favorites and I am so excited to see how it is going to end. It is so unique and different from much of what is out there nowadays and I want more! Everytime I finish one of these books I miss the story and characters and want to reread it immediately. Not many books can do that.

 

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📝REVIEW📝 ~ 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 ~ Warrior of the Wild ~ Author: Tricia Levenseller ~ Genre: #YA #Fantasy ~ Available Now!

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Warrior of the Wild

By

Tricia Levenseller

Genre: #YA #Fantasy

My Rating: 4.5

Cover: 3

Publication: February 26th, 2019

Read: May 3rd, 2019

POV: First-person single perspective

Hardcover: 329

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43446574-warrior-of-the-wild

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1250189942/ref=x_gr_w_glide_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_glide_bb-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1250189942&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

Synopsis:

How do you kill a god?

As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: To win back her honor, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year—or die trying.

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📝My Review📝:

4.5 Stars

Tricia Levenseller has officially become one of my favorite authors. I loved the Daughter of The Pirate King duology but I was not sure if I would like this viking stand alone novel. But oh boy did I. Warrior of the Wild is about a female warrior named Rasmira who is sabotaged and fails her warrior trial. Due to her failure she is banished and is not to return unless she can complete her given task: kill the god that has been plaguing the villages for years. So she sets off into the wild and finds some unlikely allies along the way.

This book was exciting from beginning to end. The action scenes never stopped. Rasmira was always fighting for her life and she was pretty damn good at doing it. The plot was not predictable. It was so unique that I could not really guess what was going to happen. It is incredibly hard to create a unique fantasy world nowadays but Tricia Levenseller was able to do that for three books now. She has definitely become an auto buy author because of that. The writing was great and the characterization was mostly perfect.

Rasmira was by far my favorite character and that rarely happens. The female leads in books tend to be lacking characters for me (only because I want so much from them) but Rasmira (and Alosa from DotPK) was everything I wanted and more. Everything that happened to her, all her thoughts, and all her actions made perfect sense. She never did anything out of character. She was definitely the strongest character physically and mentally in the book. She never let herself get distracted from her goal of returning home and regaining her honor. Everything that came out of her mouth was golden, she really knew how to handle herself and the other characters.

Iric was my second favorite character. His sass kept me laughing the entire book. Besides his sense of humor he was also smart and extremely skilled. He became a good friend and confidant to Rasmira because he was so easy to talk to. He never judged, even though they didn’t hold the same views of the world, he always listened to Rasmira and her likewise.

Soren was a pretty weak character which is odd considering that he was the male lead. We were told he was a strong warrior but we never saw it. Rasmira saved his butt at least a hundred times. He was also very pushy and forward with Rasmira. She clearly was not into him for a good majority of the book but he never really stopped with the flirtatious comments. I truly feel like he instantly liked Rasmira because she was the first girl he had seen in a year and she was a powerful warrior. It felt a little too much like insta-love from his side. He would follow Rasmira around after she repeatedly told him to stop so I don’t know how to feel about that. He was just not up to par with Rasmira and I feel like she deserved someone better. We also do not know much about him besides the fact that he was orphaned as a young child. We don’t know much about his personality or interests. Due to all of this he just fell very flat. Iric was a more developed character than he was and Iric was only the second male lead.

I really enjoyed this book but it just did not have that 5 star factor for me. It comes close but no cigar unfortunately. I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for something fresh to read. Fantasy can get repetitive but I promise you that this one is something new. I also recommend this to fans of Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young. One last thing I want to mention was that this book has LGBTQ+ rep. I can’t speak on how good it was due to my own sexual orientation but I want to make people aware that it is there so if those in the community decide to read this book they can be the judges of that. All in all this was such an enjoyable read with unforgettable characters.

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📝REVIEW📝 ~ 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 ~ DEV1AT3 (Lifelike #2) ~ Author: Jay Kristoff ~ Genre: #YA #Dystopian #ScienceFiction ~ Available June 25th!

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DEV1AT3

(Lifelike #2)

By

Jay Kristoff

Genre: #YA #Dystopian #ScienceFiction

My Rating: 4.5

Cover: 4

Publication: June 25th, 2019

Read: May 30th, 2019

POV: Third-person multiple perspective

Hardcover: 448

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42967012-dev1at3

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1524713961/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1524713961&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

Series: https://www.goodreads.com/series/230238-lifelike

Synopsis:

Lemon Fresh has seen better days.

After the climactic battle in Babel, she finds herself separated from Ezekiel and Cricket in the wastelands. Lemon’s abilities to manipulate electricity mark her as a deviate, and deadly corporate operatives are hunting her to use as a weapon in the war between BioMaas Incorporated and Daedelus Technologies. Instead, Lemon finds herself falling in with a group of fellow deviates—a band of teenagers with astonishing abilities, led by an enigmatic figure known as the Major, who may hold the secrets to Lemon’s past.

Meanwhile, Cricket finds himself in possession of the puritanical Brotherhood, a religious cult set for a head-on collision with the Major and his band. Searching for Lemon, Ezekiel finds a strange ally in an old enemy, and uncovers a plot that may see him reunited with his beloved Ana.

And inside Babel, a remade Eve hatches a plan to bring an end to the world.

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📝My Review📝:

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

4.5 Stars and WOW am I shocked…

Deviate by Jay Kristoff continues the story of Lifelike in this second installment. This time we follow Lemon Fresh’s journey to find herself and to find a family after being kicked to the curb by Eve in the last book. This book is full of heartbreak, tragedy, and lots of destruction. These characters just can’t seem to catch a break but are we really surprised? This is a Jay Kristoff novel after all. I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I did not enjoy Lifelike that much but I wanted to give this book a chance because I absolutely loved Lemon Fresh in the last one. I was not disappointed at all, I really liked this book. Deviate is way better than Lifelike and that is hard to do. It is rare that a second book in a trilogy is the standout.

This series is a dystopian, which typically is not my favorite genre, but there is something about it that makes it stand out from its predecessors. Deviate was a mix of X-Men, Star Wars, and I, Robot with some sass and dystopia thrown in. Where have you ever heard of a combination like that? The only place you can find it is in this series.

I don’t want to say much about the plot of this book because I think it is best to go in not knowing much. What I will say is that we see the squad from the first book split up and doing their own things and finding their purpose. I think this choice to split up the characters was important and the perfect decision. They all grew so much (with the exception of one character who I will not name) in this book and it makes me so excited for the next one.

The reason this book is not a 5 star is because I just can’t stand by or understand some of the characters’ actions. I also am not super sold on all the characters, I liked most of them a lot better in this book but Lemon Fresh is still my standout favorite. There was some slow moments in this book as well that just had me a tad bit bored. Lastly dystopian novels are just not my favorite settings to read.

If you did not like Lifelike that much and are weary of continuing the series here is my advice: DO IT! READ THIS BOOK! It was so worth the chance and I’m glad I took it.

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📝REVIEW📝 ~ 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ~ Escaping From Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) ~ Author: Kerri Maniscalco ~ Genre: #YA #HistoricalFiction #Horror #Mystery ~ Available Now!

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Escaping From Houdini

(Stalking Jack the Ripper #3)

By

Kerri Maniscalco

Genre: #YA #HistoricalFiction #Horror #Mystery

My Rating: 4

Cover: 5

Publication: September 18th, 2018

Read: December 24th, 2018

POV: First-person single perspective

Hardcover: 436

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37946456-escaping-from-houdini

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Escaping-Houdini-Stalking-Jack-Ripper/dp/0316551708/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=167PW5BO19I29&keywords=escaping+from+houdini&qid=1559228706&s=gateway&sprefix=escaping+from%2Caps%2C128&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1

Series: https://www.goodreads.com/series/180612-stalking-jack-the-ripper

Synopsis:

In this third installment in the #1 bestselling Stalking Jack the Ripper series, a luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison of scandal, madness, and horror when passengers are murdered one by one…with nowhere to run from the killer. .

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?

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📝My Review📝:

This book was a wild ride and for the first time I actually did not guess the killer!

Escaping From Houdini was such a fun installment to the Stalking Jack The Ripper series. While it was a little slow compared to the previous two it was still fun nonetheless. I loved the addition of the Moonlight Carnival and Mephistophelis totally has my heart I fell for him hard. And due to that I am once again over Thomas and his extra ass. The murders were very interesting due to their connection to tarot and cartomancy. It was also funny seeing Harry Houdini as a character.

Audrey Rose as always was her slightly frustrating self. Her decisions in this book were very questionable. She is supposed to be very smart but it always seems like she is oblivious to the obvious. But she has been that way since the first book so I wasn’t expecting much from her. Not going to lie I was really hoping she would drop Thomas and choose Mephisto but the Cressworth ship unfortunately doesn’t seem like it will sink (pun intended). Thomas was not in this book much and I am sure that is what led to my lack of enjoyment for his character. He is supposed to be able to deduce anything but he couldn’t tell when Audrey Rose was pulling one over on him? She is literally the worst liar in the world she has not one aloof bone in her body. Thomas might win me back in the last book but at this point I am too dedicated to Mephisto. SPEAKING OF…my boy. Literally loved him, every single thing about him. Even though I was suspecting him 90% of the book of being the murderer that changed nothing. I really hope we get to see him again in the last book because his character was too good to just be a one-off. I loved that Liza was back in this book. I missed her and Audrey Rose desperately needed her female partner in crime. She is so intelligent and observant that I wish she would join the Uncle/Thomas/Audrey Rose squad. I hope she is more present in the last book too.

This wasn’t the best installment in the series. It was pretty predictable and followed a pattern that was easy to figure out. There really wasn’t much suspense and anticipation for me. While there were many positive things about this book it just was not a 5 star. Hunting Prince Dracula, this book’s predecessor, was so amazing it is going to be hard to beat.

Overall I really liked this book and this series remains one that I enjoy very much. I definitely recommend this series, don’t be turned off by historical fiction! I cannot wait for the final installment in the series, Capturing The Devil.

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📝REVIEW📝 ~ 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ~P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) ~ Author: Jenny Han ~ Genre: #YA #Contemporary ~Available Now!

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P.S. I Still Love You

(To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2)

By

Jenny Han

Genre: #YA #Contemporary

My Rating: 5

Cover: 3

Publication: May 26th, 2015

Read: March 18th, 2019

POV: First-person single perspective

Hardcover: 337

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25549954-p-s-i-still-love-you

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/P-S-Still-Love-Loved-Before/dp/1442426748/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Series: https://www.goodreads.com/series/121588-to-all-the-boys-i-ve-loved-before

Synopsis:

Given the way love turned her heart in the New York Times bestselling To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, which School Library Journal called a “lovely, lighthearted romance,” it’s no surprise that Laura Jean still has letters to write.

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.

She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.

When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

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📝My Review📝:

John Ambrose McClaren where have you been all my life?

Wow what a huge improvement from the first book and all due to one character. In this sequel to TATBILB we see Lara Jean finally being upfront and open about her feelings for Peter. They have started dating for real and…it’s not going too well but are we surprised? No I always thought they were a messy couple. I think book Peter K is such a jerk Noah Centineo actually made that character likable for me so I am eager for the adaptation of this book. Lara Jean and Peter have major relationship drama over the ever lovely Genevieve, what else is new?

Peter is literally a piece of trash Lara Jean deserves so much better. After all the things he did in this book I would not have forgiven him. In my opinion Lara Jean is very blinded and keeps forgiving him time and time again when he shouldn’t be forgiven at all. He never really apologizes for anything and he says some really messed up stuff to her sometimes. He is not worth all the drama and pain Lara Jean let him go!!! Though I must say he was not as big of an ass as he was in the first book but still that is not a compliment.

John Ambrose McClaren is literally goals and Lara Jean is an idiot. This is a beautiful, sweet, smart, kind, funny, amazing, talented, polite, fun, RESPECTFUL, and all around perfect guy who LIKES HER and she is like “lol but I still love Peter!!” Girl WHY?! I would have dumped Peter the second that letter from John arrived…well I would not have been with Peter in the first place if I were her but still. John Ambrose is so down for everything Lara Jean wants to do and never complained. He drove all the way to her school just to give her a birthday present *cries*. I am just going to be so upset if these two don’t end up together at some point because they are so good together and Peter is trash.

I wish there was more of Josh in this book. He was barely in it and I’m sad that him and Lara Jean didn’t really try to rekindle their friendship in full force like it was before everything happened. I really like all the characters (sans Peter and Gen) and I enjoy when we get more of them. I loved all the Lucas we got in this book, my king!

One of my biggest problems of the last book was the immaturity of Lara Jean. She read like a child and I really hated it. In this book she was much better but still had those immature moments. Girl you are seventeen please act like it. I get that she’s “innocent” but guess what so am I and I didn’t act like I was twelve when I was seventeen. I really hope the last book gives me a Lara Jean who acts her age.

All in all I really loved this book. Granted nothing really happened but again this book is more character driven than plot driven. Also John Ambrose was everything.

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📝REVIEW📝 ~ 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ~ Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) ~ Authors: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff ~ Genre: #YA #ScienceFiction ~ Available Now!

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Aurora Rising 

(The Aurora Cycle #1)

By

Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Genre: #YA #ScienceFiction

My Rating: 5

Cover: 5

Publication: May 7th 2019

Read: May 27th 2019

POV: First-person, 7 perspectives

Hardcover: 470

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30075662-aurora-rising

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Aurora-Rising-Cycle-Amie-Kaufman/dp/1524720968/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2PCCZ8EKTN1IP&keywords=aurora+rising&qid=1559069789&s=gateway&sprefix=aurora+r%2Caps%2C159&sr=8-1

Series: https://www.goodreads.com/series/179394-the-aurora-cycle

Synopsis:

From the internationally bestselling authors of THE ILLUMINAE FILES comes an epic new science fiction adventure.

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic

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📝My Review📝:

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff have done it yet again and I am hooked. These two really know how to write epic science fiction novels. This book was different from the Illuminae Files due to the fact that it is actually written in prose (we have words!!!). I was worried that I would not like this one as much due to that but boy was I wrong. Aurora Rising is told in 7 first-person POV’s and it is about a squad of misfits and dregs. Tyler Jones (the Alpha) is the star pupil of Aurora Academy and because of that he has first pick of the draft for choosing his teammates. Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances he misses the draft and is left with a squad of members that no one else wanted: Scarlett (the Face), his twin sister who is good at what she does but doesn’t really apply herself, Cat (the Ace), his best friend who is the best pilot in the academy who may or may not be crushing on him, Finian (the Gearhead), a crazy smart tech whiz but a grade A asshole that no one wants to deal with, Zila (the Brain), one of the smartest students in the academy but a sociopath who has an affinity for shooting people with blasters, Kaliis (the Tank), a sexy space elf warrior with serious anger management issues, and then there is Aurora, the girl out of time. For my review I’ll start with the critiques, then talk about the characters, discuss the overall plot, and lastly my final thoughts.

Critiques: There was some lull moments in the book where it would get a little slow. Well it was one part in particular (the middle) that got a little slow. Some things were a little confusing, there is a lot going on and it is easy to get lost if you are not paying full attention. The characters were not the same from different people’s POV’s. For example I loved Aurora while reading from her POV but she was different when I read from the other characters POV’s. Lastly I hated Aurora’s way of cursing. “Holy cakes” and “mother custard” just don’t so it for me. It would make more sense if we knew she was a baker or something like that but we don’t know that. Other than these minor things there was nothing else bothersome.

Tyler: I did not hate him like I thought I would. He is the leader type who always follows the rules and never strays from authority. He was like that but he grew as a character and changed to a more “making it up as I go along” type character. He wasn’t perfect and he wasn’t the best at everything on his team. It really showed his humanity. So I am happy that he wasn’t “frat boy esc” because I was really expecting that. He was a really great leader and he took what he got and turned it into a beautiful companionship amongst the squad.

Scarlett: I loved her. She is the queen of talking herself into and out of situations. She speaks so many languages fluently but most importantly, my favorite, is sarcasm. While she can be seriously sarcastic and bitchy she really has such a heart of gold. She cares and understands her squad mates so well. It is so refreshing to see a character be two sides of the same coin.

Cat: The badass tomboy of the group. I feel like the most focus on romance in this book was in her POV due to her crush on Tyler. Though it was mentioned a lot it never impacted her decisions or loyalty which I respect a lot. Her jealousy towards Aurora was pretty annoying (especially since nothing was happening between Aurora and Tyler) and I am not a fan of girl hate. But towards the end Cat grew and got over that and she really started to care and believe in Aurora. Han Solo better watch out because I’m pretty sure Cat Brannock is the best pilot in the galaxy.

Finian: MY LOVE. MY KING. MY SWEET BOY. WE PROTECT FINIAN DE KARRAN DE SEEL IN THIS HOUSE. So I love Finian…if you couldn’t tell. He was a sarcastic ass but that is how I like my YA characters. My favorite running line in the book never got old, “Shut up Finian.” It really sums up his general effects on the squad. Finian is also disabled so there was disability rep in this book. He never let his disability prevent him from doing what everyone else was doing. He wears an exosuit over his body to help his mobility. Despite being unwanted by the rest of the academy he really proved why he was one of the best.

Zila: I adored her. We don’t get much of Zila in this book but that is due to her personality. We are told she is a sociopath but I feel like there is more going on there. Sherlock Holmes is a sociopath but he has more personality than Zila. She is quiet and reserved and only speaks when necessary. I want to know more about her. I suspect/ wonder if she is autistic because she reminds me of Zofia from The Gilded Wolves whom we are told is that. I don’t want to diagnose Zila but I am eager to learn more about her. Plus she is a fashion icon and that is not appreciated enough.

Kal: Ah I love me a good sexy space elf warrior. Imagine Legolas on steroids and you’ve got Kal. I have read plenty of books about fae and the general lore about them (thank you Sarah J. Maas and Holly Black) so it was funny to see it implemented in a space story…or should I say space fantasy. I won’t spoil it but there is a big fae plot point that was in this book that I am LIVING for. We see Kal fighting himself a lot in this book. He is Warbreed so he was born for bloodshed and violence. He calls that inner bloodlust “the enemy within.” He fights himself to be a better person and to stay in control no matter how hard it was for him and I loved that. I look forward to seeing more of him in the next book and his relationship with a certain character…

Aurora: I honestly kept picturing Aurora as being very Captain Marvel like. She really is much more Scarlet Witch but since this is in space I was picturing Captain Marvel. So combine those two and you get Aurora. Plus a slice of Captain America for being a person out of time. Aurora was asleep for a little over 200 years and she is freaked out to find what the world…universe has become. Aurora kind of represents the reader. She makes so many modern (to us) references that the other characters don’t understand but we do. She kept calling Kal Legolas and I was living for it. She has lost everything and doesn’t understand what is happening to her but she keeps on plowing through. I can’t wait to see her powers grow.

The overall plot was great. It jumped around to different goals but there was an overall goal of helping Aurora. There was so much action and the plot was pretty unique. We have seen squad books before but I really felt like this was something new. Each member of this squad had a distinct personality that set them apart from each other. Also we had the added benefit of space so that’s cool too.

I absolutely loved this book so I don’t know how I can possibly wait a whole year for the next one. I fell in love with all these characters so anything that happens to them will effect me greatly. I am worried that since we made it out clean (sort of) in the Illuminae Files that we won’t be so lucky this time. Wish me luck!

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AVAILABLE NOW! ~ Some Kind Of Tomorrow by Kay Blake ~ #YAContemporary

 

Title: Some Kind Of Tomorrow
Author: Kay Blake 
Genre: Young Adult. Contemporary
Cover Designed by: Les
 
 
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17-year-old Libby Reid has always been told life can only be lived forward not backward. Libby’s chronically ill and she spends her time counting down the days until she has another flare. But that all changes when she meets Matt.

Matt Ramírez is an 18-year-old boy who loves music, games and having a good time. But underneath he wants the world to see him. Really see him. And Libby sees him in ways no one has ever seen him before.

Deciding to make their last summer as teens memorable, they make a bucket list of things to do. Together they find adventure, friendship, love and most of all understanding.

 
 

 

 
 
 
“What are you doing?”
I raised an eyebrow, holding up my book. “Reading.”
“What book?”
I turned it to show him the cover.
“Ah! A classic. Though I think I’ve outgrown Harry Potter.”
My eyes narrowed. “What do you mean?”
“I just feel that I’m too old for those books. It was fun when I was eleven,” he said with a shrug.
That did it. He spouted ridiculous things, and I didn’t plan on spending my summer listening to them.
“Well, Matthew, I’m sure the millions of other people who love Harry as much as I do would disagree. There is no age limit on the story or the friendship. You’re just saying absurd things. There is no age limit to enjoy what Harry Potter gave the world. So even if I’m seventy and want to read this book, I will do so proudly!” I said, my tone indignant.
He studied me in a way that made me falter a bit under his stare. “You seem to take your Harry Potter very seriously.”
“Yes, I do.”
He nodded. “Okay. I get that, I guess. But I do think you need to loosen up a bit. You seem on edge.”
“How do you know I’m on edge? I don’t even know you,” I said, my brow raised and disdain evident.
A wide grin spread across his face. “No, but you will.”
“What if I don’t want to get to know you?”
His smile faltered a bit, then he straightened his shoulders. “Well, I would say that is pretty mean, but we will be friends. Count on it.”
A part of me wanted to slap the confident look right off his face. He annoyed me something fierce. He was like a bug that kept flying around your face. No matter how many times you swiped at it, it kept coming back.
“Do you read Harry all the time?” he asked, swiftly changing the subject.
“Yes. It is one of my go-to books. I love the series. One of my favorite things is the superb world building. If I were a writer, I would love to dabble in that world.” I said it with so much conviction, I found myself smiling at his amused expression.
“Well, with an argument like that, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe you can convince me otherwise.”
I huffed. “Maybe I don’t want to.”
“Are you always this mean?”
“Are you always this irritating?” I retorted, one eyebrow raised.
“I’m whatever a person needs me to be. Maybe I’m funny and you’re just too mean to admit it.”
That made me chuckle. “You think really highly of yourself, don’t you? I can tell you right now that you are not funny. You’re a big pain in my ass. And I don’t know why you’re so focused on making me talk to you when I’m reading. Don’t you have something to do? It’s summer. I’m sure you have tons of friends and things to do in this nice weather.”
“In the grand scheme of things, we all have something to do, don’t we? People to see. New things to try. We all want to be doing things, but do we ever stop and just take a minute to smell the roses? Enjoy the sunset? I can bet you most people don’t.”
“And how can you say that when you don’t know most people?”
“I know how people are. I know they tend to do a lot more worrying about life than actually living it.”
I said nothing. In a strange way, he was right. We were all so worried about our problems. That was me almost every single day.
 
 
Kay is an award winning author who writes sassy, sexy and sweet contemporary and interracial romance. She is from arguably the greatest city in the world. (New York). She is a sarcastic sweetheart who prefers snuggling at home with a good book. Kay is a mom of 3 cubs and a wife. Kay indulges in strawberry cheesecake, horror movies, Harry Potter, The Walking Dead, wrestling and of course a happily ever after. She is also the creator of Bookish Brown Girls, a platform dedicated to promoting books written by women of color.  
 
 

 

COVER REVEAL: Fury Caught by the Bad Boys #3 by Raathi Chota

Title: Fury
Series: Caught by the Bad Boys #3
Author: Raathi Chota
Genre: YA Romance Suspense
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Cover Design: Deranged Doctor Designs

 

Trust is a valuable thing I keep playing with. I can’t help that I care too much to let Levi go. But there are limits even I can’t ignore, and he crossed it…they crossed it.
To make matters worse, there seems to be a traitor in the group. Problem is, no one believes me, and I can’t prove it. Not yet, anyway.
While I struggle to make sense of everything that’s happened the last few months, everyone else seems unaffected…until tempers erupt, doubt sets in, and no one knows who to trust anymore.
No matter how hard I try, it’s impossible for me to live a normal life—especially with this constant warning prickling at the back of my head, telling me that something is coming.
Something big.
Something that can destroy us all…and I’m walking right into it.

 

 

Raathi Chota’s writing first began as a hobby and after growing in popularity, her gift for storytelling took off. Since gaining over ten million reads with her first novel on Wattpad, Raathi found her true calling. Born in South Africa, she always had a creative imagination. Being a regular high school student in Australia and a dedicated writer, her imagination knows no bounds. She enjoys random adventures where she knows she will find inspiration. Her stories are general fiction that is packed with young adult, thriller, mystery and romance themes. Raathi’s stories are page turners leaving you yearning for more.
 

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