I spy a new YA Book

I spy this book at work today….

Stephanie Garber

For as long as she can remember, Evangeline Fox has believed in true love and happy endings…until she learns that the love of her life will marry another.

Desperate to stop the wedding and to heal her wounded heart, Evangeline strikes a deal with the charismatic, but wicked, Prince of Hearts. In exchange for his help, he asks for three kisses, to be given at the time and place of his choosing.

But after Evangeline’s first promised kiss, she learns that bargaining with an immortal is a dangerous game ― and that the Prince of Hearts wants far more from her than she’d pledged. He has plans for Evangeline, plans that will either end in the greatest happily ever after, or the most exquisite tragedy…

By the Book Review

Mary Porter-Malcolm has prepared for high school in the one way she knows how: an extensive review of classic literature to help navigate the friendships, romantic liaisons, and overall drama she has come to expect from such an “esteemed” institution. When some new friends seem in danger of falling for the same tricks employed since the days of Austen and Tolstoy, Mary swoops in to create the Scoundrel Survival Guide, using archetypes of literature’s debonair bad boys to signal red flags. But despite her best efforts, she soon finds herself unable to listen to her own good advice and falling for a supposed cad—the same one she warned her friends away from. Without a convenient rain-swept moor to flee to, Mary is forced to admit that real life doesn’t follow the same rules as fiction and that if she wants a happy ending, she’s going to have to write it herself. 

My Review

I checked this book out from the library. It took me a while to read because a thing called life and sleep demands me! The whole story was very interesting. It takes a different spin on high school with Mary’s knowledge of books to create Scoundrel Survival Guide. The plot builds up and then during the Winter Formal things fall apart for Mary where I felt for her. All the characters in the book are real people. They all had unique characteristics and some were friendly. I love the interaction with all the characters too.

Since the story takes place in high school, there will be high school things such as friendship, finding out who you are and dating. There is some drama but it is not overly done. I think it’s relatable. I love how Mary’s family has trivia night!

There was this one quote that I have to share from the book that was so good. “I shook my head. “”The part about chemistry. Spark. Finding someone you actually like, who’s also sensible dating option. A nice, safe romantic object…person.“”

SIGHS

The ending of the book is really nice too. Check it out if you are looking for something different and cute to read that takes place in a high school setting.

Review: It Sounded Better in my Head

Summary:

When her parents announce their impending divorce, Natalie can’t understand why no one is fighting, or at least mildly upset. Then Zach and Lucy, her two best friends, hook up, leaving her feeling slightly miffed and decidedly awkward. She’d always imagined she would end up with Zach one day―in the version of her life that played out like a TV show, with just the right amount of banter, pining, and meaningful looks.

Now everything has changed, and nothing is quite making sense. And then, an unexpected romance with Zach’s older brother comes along and shakes things up even further…

My Review:

This book was great! I managed to finish this book in a day and it was checked out from the library. The cover is so cute.

I could identify with the main character Natalie regarding to having acne. I did have it in high school and was so worried about it. Natalie does go on about what she tried and how she felt about acne. She was even teased by it in the story. I felt bad for her and it may have had her self esteem be a little low. She’s in her last year of high school and is ready for a new adventure. I think all high schoolers want to do that. I know I did!

Natalie isn’t that social but she has two best friends: Zach and Lucy. She is totally fine with hanging out with them. I think having one or two best friends is a great thing to have. I can relate to Natalie about this. She did think at one time that Zach would be her boyfriend but that eventually disappeared. While she hangs out with her friends, she has a crush on Zach’s brother’s friend : Owen. So she gives it a shot to go to the party that Owen invited her. Well she was excited and nervous! Once she arrives, it doesn’t go the way she thinks it does but Alex is there. This is a typical high school party. It did included drinking and people partying.

Somehow Natalie’s feelings begin to fall towards Alex in liking him a lot. They connect on a real level. I really liked that. Alex is a good guy and is trying his best to be successful. He feels like he has to prove to be good for his parents. Natalie does comfort him which is great. While she is connecting with Alex, she is also trying to figure what happens after high school, her relationship with her friends and her parents getting divorced. There is so much going on for her. Does everything work out at the end?

A great story with reality and heartfelt moments! If you are looking for something that is fast paced, this would be it. I would read more from this author. Check it out.

3 Books (Trilogy) by J.A. London

I finally finished the whole story! Three books total!

Book 1

At seventeen, Dawn Montgomery knows that monsters really do come out at night—after all, they are her job. It’s just after the thirty-years war between vampires and humans, and as an ambassador between the two sides (a role she inherited when her parents were killed), Dawn quickly learns that balancing schoolwork, teen life, and the requests of Lord Valentine, the most frightening vampire in the region, isn’t easy.

And it only gets more complicated when she forms a tentative friendship with Victor, the mysterious stranger who rescued her from a hoard of vampires…only to discover that not only is Victor a vampire, but that he is Lord Valentine’s son.

Soon Dawn is struggling to remember that with everything on the line, she can’t afford to fall for the enemy…

Book 2

Dawn Montgomery knows that monsters really do come out at night—after all, they are her job. It’s just after the thirty-year war between vampires and humans, and as an ambassador between the two sides (a role she inherited when her parents were killed), Dawn quickly learns that balancing schoolwork, teen life, and the requests of Lord Valentine, the most frightening vampire in the region, isn’t easy.

There’s nowhere left to hide. I thought vampires were our enemies—they controlled our lives, isolated our cities, and demanded our blood—until I met Victor. With Victor taking over as the new Lord Valentine, things were supposed to get better. Instead, they’re worse than ever.

Day Walkers, a new breed of vampires who can walk in the sun, are terrorizing the city. Blood supplies are low, and if Victor’s vampires don’t get enough, they will become infected with the Thirst—a disease that will turn them into mindless killers.

To stop it, I must journey across the desolate wasteland to the very place where the sickness began. I can only hope that the answers that await me are enough to save us all…before it’s too late.

Book 3

Dawn grew up behind a wall, terrified of the vampires outside who controlled the lives of humans and demanded their blood. But when she became a delegate for her city and met Victor, she realized that not all vampires were the same, that maybe one could be trusted.
 
Now Day Walker Sin is infecting his followers with a disease that turns them into mindless killers. Dawn and Victor will have to convince humans and vampires to band together to stop him, because alone they will all die.

My Review:
I gave these books a shot and I actually liked it. I think there are other reviews out there that thought the story was okay. As I said before I like to focus on books that capture my attention. This story did. I wanted to know what was going to happen to Dawn. I wanted to know about her friends, her relationship with the vampires and what Victor was all about. Although I did want to beat Victor’s father.

I liked how Dawn was always thinking of things and that she seemed very mature for her age. She even risks her life for her friends and her goal. I think Dawn is a character who knows what is right and is trying to do the right thing. She shows compassion, is ready to fight and tries to help in any way she can.

I liked her friends : Michael and Teagan. Then down the road meeting Ian, Faith and Richard. There’s a whirlwind of characters that just seem to sit well with the story.

Victor and Dawn – they’re sweet with each other. It’s a nice aspect in the story. I think they just click really well. It’s not like a major smooching kiss love explosion. To me it seems like a slow burn with them. I think their relationship will last.

Sin who is the villain of the story is just lost. Due to how he was raised and cast aside, he has lost himself to madness, revenge and darkness. He plots and goes after his plan. I don’t like him. Dawn does try to give him a chance but sadly he is too far gone. Does Sin succeed or no with his plan? Who will survive?

These books are a good way to escape what’s going on around you. As I said I like reading vampire fiction/YA/fantasy if the story stays with me.

Five Ways to Fall Out of Love Review

  • Author: Emily Martin
  • Grade Level : 7 – 9
  • Hardcover : 336 pages
  • Date: March 16, 2021
  • Publisher : Inkyard Press
  • Social Media: Twitter Instagram

I received a free E-Arc for an honest review from the publisher and Netgalley.

Summary:
Aubrey Cash learned the hard way not to rely on love. After all, Webster Casey, the new boy next door she’d been falling for all summer, stood her up at homecoming in front of everyone with no explanation. Proving her theory that love never lasts seems easy when she’s faced with parents whose marriage is falling apart and a best friend who thinks every boy she dates is “the one.” But when sparks fly with a boy who turns out to be Webster’s cousin, and then Webster himself becomes her lab partner for the rest of senior year, Aubrey finds her theory—and her commitment to stay single—put to the test.

As she navigates the breakdown of her family, the consequences her cynicism has on her relationship with her best friend, and her own confusing but undeniable feelings for Webster, Aubrey has to ask herself: What really happened the night Webster stood her up? And if there are five ways to fall out of love…could there perhaps be even more ways to fall back in?

My Review:
This story took me back to high school for a bit. Down memory lane I go but sadly I did not date when I was in high school. Being a teenager isn’t always easy. Anyways, Aubrey is trying to figure out how love relationships works. She sees struggles with her parents which I think makes her guess if is even possible to happen for her.

Aubrey becomes friends with Webster who is new. I wished the author put a bit more of that relationship in the beginning before the story went on on how Webster just kinda of did not click with her anymore. So there are ups and downs with Aubrey and Webster. I don’t know if the characters did not know what to do or if they were trying to figure stuff out. High school times, everyone is figuring stuff out and hormones!! Some people know while others even when they are an adult are still trying to figure it out. Anyways, I did like how Webster and Aubrey click at various times. They both liked to talk about baking, sweets and pies which showed they had a common interest. I thought that was pretty cool.

Now when Aubrey is with Webster’s cousin, Holland seemed like a perfect relationship but to me it was missing the spark. I did love the conversation between the two though. Even their love for dogs was a nice touch!

Aubrey and her friend Reese friendship was enjoyable. I loved how the two talked about a variety of things. It was really nice. And of course in the relationship there are ups and downs but in the end these two are really good friends.

The story covers friendship, love, high school, and family relationships. All these are related to every day life! I think the story was cute teen read. I have a bit of mixed emotions on it because the story just seemed a tiny bit all over the place. The one focus that stayed with me was relationships which I could understand. I did rushed into the pages at the end because I wanted to know what was going to happen and I was pretty much satisfied with the ending!

Just to give you heads up there is a bit of sexual actions going on in the book.


Finished Reading

COLD

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

I forgot to say that I finished this book.  I did like this book because it had a different spin on vampires.   Some make vampires sexy and some do not.  Why not have a mixture of things here and there?  Everyone is entitled to their own opinion!  (Think of all the vampire books out there!)

I liked how Tana kicked butt at one point.   I liked how Tana and Gavriel kind of click in a bizarre way.   I wasn’t sure about Gavriel at first. I began to wonder what his goal was.  Could he be setting up something or just being evil or wanted to actually not be a vampire anymore?  It was interesting to see how he unfolds throughout the story.     The story gives off revenge, death and some romance.  I am glad that I read this little gem!

Notes From Ghost Town

GHOST

 

By Kate Ellison
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by EgmontUSA

They say first love never dies…

From critically acclaimed author Kate Ellison comes a heartbreaking mystery of mental illness, unspoken love, and murder. When sixteen-year-old artist Olivia Tithe is visited by the ghost of her first love, Lucas Stern, it’s only through scattered images and notes left behind that she can unravel the mystery of his death.

There’s a catch: Olivia has gone colorblind, and there’s a good chance she’s losing her mind completely—just like her mother did. How else to explain seeing (and falling in love all over again with) someone who isn’t really there?

With the murder trial looming just nine days away, Olivia must follow her heart to the truth, no matter how painful. It’s the only way she can save herself.

 

I finished this book a few days ago.  I liked it.   I thought the book was going to be a bit boring but it had my attention.   To be honest the cover caught my attention first.  Then I read what the summary was and thought maybe I’ll give it a shot.  Well the poor book sat around since 2013….(Yeah my to read pile has books from all kinds of years….)

Anyways the journey that Olivia goes on is pretty intense.  One thing after another and her emotions comes out in wanting to forget all the bad stuff and hoping that there is a light for her at the end of the tunnel.   She decides to try to solve the mystery.   There were some moments that caught me off guard and some moments that were sweet.   I was surprised that I liked this story.  Give it a shot and tell me what you think of the book! 

Books I have read….

Here are some books that I have read and some will have reviews and some will not….I am doing my best trying to keep on blogging away.

LoveFortunes

Author: Kimberly Karalius
368 Pages
Publisher: Swoon Reads
May 12, 2015
Series: Grimbaud Book 1
Age range: +12

Love is real in the town of Grimbaud and Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years. After all, generations of Dupree’s have successfully followed the (100% accurate!) love fortunes from Zita’s famous Love Charms Shop to happily marry their high school sweethearts. It’s a tradition. So she is both stunned and devastated when her fortune states that she will NEVER find love.

Fortunately, Fallon isn’t the only student with a terrible love fortune, and a rebellion is brewing. Fallon is determined to take control of her own fate―even if it means working with a notorious heartbreaker like Sebastian.

Will Fallon and Sebastian be able to overthrow Zita’s tyranny and fall in love?

Rating:   B+

It was a cute love story with magic, mystery, adventure and romance!  I loved the main characters : Fallon and Sebastian.   I’m not going to give it all away because you need to read it for yourself.  I did like the other characters in this story and how the adventure went down was pretty cool.   I do have to admit it was a little slow in places but towards the end was awesome.

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Author: Kate Baxter
384 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
June 2, 2015

What it is about:

As Michael’s eyes lit on a female not twenty feet away, he knew without a doubt that it was her blood that called to him and her scent that had awakened him.This female had tethered his soul and returned it to him.

SOUL SURVIVOR
He is the last of his race. The one true king of the vampires. Michael Aristov roams the nightclubs of L.A. after dark, haunted by his past and driven by his hunger. The last of the Ancient Ones, he alone has survived the destruction of his race at the hands of the slayers. Now he is forced to hunt and feed like a common vampire, a creature of lust. Nothing in this world can fulfill his needs…until he meets a woman who’s everything he’s ever wanted. And more.

SWEET SALVATION
Her name is Claire Thompson. Her blood is so sweet, so intoxicating―the smell alone draws Michael to her like a moth to the flame. Sly, sexy, and seductive, Claire seems to be the only mortal who can satisfy his craving and seal his fate…forever. Can she be trusted? From their very first kiss, the last true vampire sweeps Claire into a world in which darkness rules desire―and where falling in love is the greatest danger of all…in The Last True Vampire by Kate Baxter.

Rating: B –

It was a fun read but it just did not stay with me that much. It did have vampires in it so that was good.  I will still keep this author on my radar to read!

 

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Author: Jeaniene Frost
Series:  Night Prince
Publisher: Avon
Date: February 10, 2017

For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now, falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them . . . and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.

Rating: B

I have read all the other books in this series and this one did not disappoint!  I loved it.  Adventure, magic and vampires!   It picked off from ‘Bound By Flames.’   It was a nice way to end it.

 

 

Black

Author: Juliette Cross
300 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace
February 27, 2017

Cinderella like you’ve never seen before… With the threat of the vampire monarchy becoming stronger every day, the Black Lily must take drastic measures. As the leader of the underground resistance, Arabelle concocts the perfect idea to gain the attention of the Glass Tower. Her plan? Attend the vampire prince’s blood ball and kill him. Fortunately for Prince Marius, her assassination goes awry, and Arabelle flees, leaving behind only her dagger. Marius is desperate to find the woman whose kiss turned into attempted murder, hunting for the mysterious assassin he can’t push out of his mind. But what he uncovers could change the course of his life forever…

Rating: A

This was a different take on a fairytale with vampires in it!  I loved this book quite a bit.  I saw on Twitter of the second book coming out so I decided to give the first one a go!  It was a fast paced book.   The book also had variety of moments: adventures, steamy touches and playful banter between the two main characters, Marius and Arabelle.  I liked how both characters were strong and yet had sweet moments as well showing off vulnerability.  I’m not going to give all the information away because I want you to go get it.

 

 

 

Veronica Wolff The Watchers Series

I’m back!  I hope!

I’m ready to write again.  I cannot guarantee it’s going to be an everyday thing but I can try.   I am going to start off with this series.  I could not put down these series.  I purchased the first book from a library that was having a book sale.  After reading the first one, I had to know what would happen next.   Each book left me on the seat wanting more!  I wanted to know what was going to happen to the main character,Annelise.  What was she going to go through next?  Was she going to stay or leave?   The characters that Annelise mingled with had a wide range of concepts.   Some were kind, some were like your best friend, and some were really weird as some were evil.   Was Annelise going to have friends at all?  What of her enemies?   All these questions racked into my brain while reading these books.   Throughout the book I was rooting for her considering all the things that she goes through.  It was fun to read these series because of the supernatural elements, action, some romance and the fact that Annelise rocked girl power!

If you like vampires and action and drama, then you need to read these series.   It’s kind of like supernatural/vampires meet Hunger Games.  I love the descriptions of places that were mentioned.  All the characters mentioned stayed with me throughout the entire series.   I think the author, Veronica Wolff did a wonderful job with the story.

Here is the summary of the first book  ISLE OF THE NIGHT (the Watchers Series):

“IS LIFE OFFERING FEWER AND FEWER OPTIONS? THEN JOIN THE DEAD.

When Annelise left for college, it meant good riddance to her abusive father and stepmother—until a bureaucratic screw-up left her without a diploma, flat broke, and facing an uncertain future. Then she met Ronan—tall, dark, and way too seductive for her own good. He promised Annelise a new life, if she had the courage to chance the unknown. One look at him and she certainly had the desire. Sure enough, accepting rides from strangers does yield surprises. Whisked away to a mysterious island in the North Sea, Annelise is pitted against other female recruits in tests of skill, smarts, and strength. To win is to become a member of the Watchers, an elite and unique partnership—with vampires—that dispatches its teams on the most dangerous missions imaginable. It’s not exactly what Annelise had in mind for a new beginning but it’s livelier than the alternative. Because on the Isle of Night, to lose the challenge doesn’t just mean dishonor. It means death. Let the games begin.”

Pages: 286
Published: April 4, 2016
Here is the order of the books:
Book one:  Isle of the Night
Book two:  Vampire’s Kiss
Book three:  Blood Fever
Book four:   The Keep
Book five:   Reckoning
Novella:   Dark Waters  (This book is from Tracer’s Ronan point of view. It is a must read if you become a fan of his!  I am so a fan of him.) 

You can check out the author Veronica Wolff

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 Here are some photos of the books!  Aren’t they pretty??

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More of I spy some books at the library

Some books I saw on the shelf that looked very fascinating to me.  Check them out.

HIRED

Hired Girl
Laura Amy Schlitz
400 pages
Sept. 8, 2015 by Candlewick Press

Today Miss Chandler gave me this beautiful book. I vow that I will never forget her kindness to me, and I will use this book as she told me to—that I will write in it with truth and refinement…But who could be refined living at Steeple Farm?

Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself—because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of—a woman with a future.

ITS
It’s a Wonderful Death
Sarah J. Schmitt
320 pages
October 6, 2015 by Sky Pony Press

Seventeen-year-old RJ always gets what she wants. So when her soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll. But in her quest for mortality, she becomes a pawn in a power struggle between an overzealous archangel and Death Himself. The tribunal presents her with two options: she can remain in the lobby, where souls wait to be processed, until her original lifeline expires, or she can replay three moments in her life in an effort to make choices that will result in a future deemed worthy of being saved. It sounds like a no-brainer. She’ll take a walk down memory lane. How hard can changing her future be?

But with each changing moment, RJ’s life begins to unravel, until this self-proclaimed queen bee is a social pariah. She begins to wonder if walking among the living is worth it if she has to spend the next sixty years as an outcast. Too quickly, RJ finds herself back in limbo, her time on Earth once again up for debate.

RJ is a snarky, unapologetic, almost unredeemable, very real girl. Her story is funny and moving, and teens will easily connect with her plight. Prepare to meet the Grim Reaper, who’s cuter than you’d expect; Hawaiian shirt–wearing Death Himself; Saint Peter (who likes to play Cornhole); and Al, the handler for the three-headed hound that guards the gates of Hell. This cast of characters accompanies RJ through her time in the afterlife and will do their best to gently shove her in the right direction.

MAD

Mad Love
Suzanne Selfors
326 pages
January 4, 2011 by Walker Childrens

When you’re the daughter of the bestselling Queen of Romance, life should be pretty good. But 16-year-old Alice Amorous has been living a lie ever since her mother was secretly hospitalized for mental illness. After putting on a brave front for months, time is running out. The next book is overdue, and the Queen can’t write it. Alice needs a story for her mother-and she needs one fast.

That’s when she meets Errol, a strange boy who claims to be Cupid, who insists that Alice write about the greatest love story in history: his tragic relationship with Psyche. As Alice begins to hear Errol’s voice in her head and see things she can’t explain, she must face the truth-that she’s either inherited her mother’s madness, or Errol is for real.

Any of these strike your fancy?  I may have to pick up all of these after I get done reading Alyssa Rose Ivy’s Forged in Ice.      By the way, I have read Suzanne Selfors’ Coffeehouse Angel  which is an adorable book.

Current Snack: Popcorn
Current song stuck in my head: Let it go – Soundtrack Frozen