I spy some fiction and teen books today

So these books I saw at Meijer book aisle. Yes I do look at books there.

These covers were so vibrant and the stories look amazing!

Which one would you read today?

If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison.

Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control.

Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father.

Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s different.

When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can’t just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.

Pip is not a detective anymore.

With the help of Ravi Singh, she released a true-crime podcast about the murder case they solved together last year. The podcast has gone viral, yet Pip insists her investigating days are behind her.

But she will have to break that promise when someone she knows goes missing. Jamie Reynolds has disappeared, on the very same night the town hosted a memorial for the sixth-year anniversary of the deaths of Andie Bell and Sal Singh.

The police won’t do anything about it. And if they won’t look for Jamie then Pip will, uncovering more of her town’s dark secrets along the way… and this time everyone is listening. But will she find him before it’s too late?

As a young girl growing up in Vienna in the 1930s, Orly has an idyllic childhood filled with music. Her father plays the viola in the Philharmonic, her mother is a well-regarded opera singer, her beloved and charismatic older brother holds the neighborhood in his thrall, and most of her eccentric and wonderful extended family live nearby. Only vaguely aware of Hitler’s rise or how her Jewish heritage will define her family’s identity, Orly spends her days immersed in play with her best friend and upstairs neighbor, Anneliese. Together they dream up vivid and elaborate worlds, where they can escape the growing tensions around them.

But in 1938, Orly’s peaceful life is shattered when the Germans arrive. Her older brother flees Vienna first, and soon Orly, her father, and her mother procure refugee visas for La Paz, a city high up in the Bolivian Andes. Even as the number of Jewish refugees in the small community grows, her family is haunted by the music that can no longer be their livelihood, and by the family and friends they left behind. While Orly and her father find their footing in the mountains, Orly’s mother grows even more distant, harboring a secret that could put their family at risk again. Years pass, the war ends, and Orly must decide: Is the love and adventure she has found in La Paz what defines home, or is the pull of her past in Europe–and the piece of her heart she left with Anneliese–too strong to ignore?

Cuba, 1936: When Estelita Rodriguez sings in a hazy Havana nightclub for the very first time, she is nine years old. From then on, that spotlight of adoration—from Havana to New York’s Copacabana and then Hollywood—becomes the one true accomplishment no one can take from her. Not the 1933 Cuban Revolution that drove her family into poverty. Not the revolving door of husbands or the fickle world of film.

Thirty years later, her young adult daughter, Nina, is blindsided by her mother’s mysterious death. Seeking answers, the grieving Nina navigates the troubling, opulent memories of their life together and discovers how much Estelita sacrificed to live the American dream on her own terms.

Based on true events and exclusive interviews with Nina Lopez, Estelita’s daughter, Find Me in Havana weaves two unforgettable voices into one extraordinary story that explores the unbreakable bond between mother and child, and the ever-changing landscape of self-discovery.

A princess who has lost her mother and father finds herself in a terrifying world that urgently needs a queen in this thrilling fantasy novel.

Sophia is smart, beautiful, and accomplished, a beloved princess devoted to the people and to reading books. The kingdom is hers, until she is plunged into a nightmarish realm populated by the awful beasts she read about as a child.

The beasts are real. And so is the great army marching on her castle. The people look to Sophia for protection. They will all perish unless she can unlock an ancient secret as profound as life and death itself.

Mac Argeneau knows all too well: immortals can be killed. Not with holy water or silver crosses, but by decapitation or being set on fire. So when Mac’s house bursts into flames—with him inside—he’s sure it was no accident. But who would want to kill a scientist specializing in hematology? There is a silver lining: a blonde investigator appears on the scene and sparks feelings in him that have been dormant for centuries.

CJ Cummings is in town on a special investigation, but she’s been waylaid by the local police to deal with this arson case. The biggest mystery is how this sexy scientist with silvery blue eyes has emerged from a blazing inferno without a burn mark on him. He’s clearly hiding something. Sure, she’d love to see him without his lab coat, but she’s got a job to do—despite his insistence that he needs a bodyguard and…he wants her.


But when a second attempt on their lives puts CJ in harm’s way, it’s Mac who will do anything to safeguard the woman who’s destined to be his life mate.

Review: Broken Wish by Julie C. Dao

SUMMARY:

Sixteen-year-old Elva has a secret. She has visions and strange powers that she will do anything to hide. She knows the warnings about what happens to witches in their small village of Hanau. She’s heard the terrible things people say about the Witch of the North Woods, and the malicious hunts that follow…

When Elva accidentally witnesses a devastating vision of the future, she decides she has to do everything she can to prevent it. Tapping into her powers for the first time, Elva discovers a magical mirror and its owner―none other than the Witch of the North Woods herself. As Elva learns more about her burgeoning magic, and the lines between hero and villain start to blur, she must find a way to right past wrongs before it’s too late.

MY REVIEW:

I picked this book because I saw the book posted on instagram which caught my eye. I looked up the book to see what it was all about and decided to give it a go. I got this book from my local library to read.

The whole book was a journey for Elva to learn who she was. She was respectful and kind. I loved how she was so kind to everyone and did not want to have anything to do with negativity. She had a big warm heart, loved her family and trust to do the right thing. She befriends the witch of the North Woods and tried her best to maintain that relationship. She wanted happiness for the witch. Does the witch get her happiness? Does Elva and the witch pay the price? What happens?

I did like it when Elva learned how to control her magic. That was exciting to read. When she learns knowledge with the Witch Mathilda, both have a great time with each other. That was very nicely done.

The ending did take me off guard and it was wrapped up all neatly. I wished it had a bit more action to it. It was a sweet book. The whole aspect about this book when I was reading was about keeping promises and friendship.

There was no violence or darkness in this book at all. It’s a great read for young audiences!

Reading update

Okay update!!!
Anyone else read these yet?

I just finished “The Crown of Gilded Bones” – The review is up with the other two books in the series. I am loving this story of Poppy and Casteel!

Currently reading now is:

Summary:
Sixteen-year-old Elva has a secret. She has visions and strange powers that she will do anything to hide. She knows the warnings about what happens to witches in their small village of Hanau. She’s heard the terrible things people say about the Witch of the North Woods, and the malicious hunts that follow…

When Elva accidentally witnesses a devastating vision of the future, she decides she has to do everything she can to prevent it. Tapping into her powers for the first time, Elva discovers a magical mirror and its owner―none other than the Witch of the North Woods herself. As Elva learns more about her burgeoning magic, and the lines between hero and villain start to blur, she must find a way to right past wrongs before it’s too late.

After Broken Wish will be:

Summary:
Caledon Holt is the kingdom’s deadliest weapon. No one alive can best him in speed, strength, or brains, which is why he’s the Hearthstone Guild’s most dangerous member. Cal is also the Queen’s Assassin, bound to her by magic and unable to leave her service until the task she’s set for him is fulfilled.

Shadow of the Honey Glade has been training all her life to join the Guild, hoping that one day she’ll become an assassin as feared and revered as Cal. But Shadow’s mother and aunts expect her to serve the crown as a lady of the Renovian Court.

When a surprise attack brings Shadow and Cal together, they’re forced to team up as assassin and apprentice. Even though Shadow’s life belongs to the court and Cal’s belongs to the queen, they cannot deny their attraction to each other. But now, with war on the horizon and true love at risk, Shadow and Cal will uncover a shocking web of lies that will change their paths forever.

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.

Reading update

Quick update from my land of reading

Coming soon for a review which was so cute and fun to read.
I could not put this down!
This book was checked out from the library.

What I will read next.
I know I will devour this book.
I am looking forward to see what Poppy experiences next.
Isn’t the cover so pretty?
I did purchase this book.



Review: The Code for Love and Heartbreak

Summary:

When math genius Emma and her coding club co-president, George, are tasked with brainstorming a new project, The Code for Love is born.

George disapproves of Emma’s idea of creating a matchmaking app, accusing her of meddling in people’s lives. But all the happy new couples at school are proof that the app works. At least at first.

Emma’s code is flawless. So why is it that perfectly matched couples start breaking up, the wrong people keep falling for each other, and Emma’s own feelings defy any algorithm?

Review:

This book took me a few days to read while juggling with a few other things on my plate. Hey life huh? Anyways, back to the book. I really liked Emma. Emma is a teen who is totally focused on school studies and her coding. She loves to code and thinks it is the best thing. She believes school is important and that love and dating isn’t that important as school. She also tends to be an introvert, she really doesn’t want to go socialize. Will these concepts stay the same for her?

Since she’s in the coding club, she springs up an idea and it seems to go well. George her good friend has some thoughts on this idea related to matching love. What could possibly go right or wrong?

During the story Emma begins to think on things. She learns things such as friends fight and forgive when needed, family is important and that love happens in different ways not just by math. She learns to open herself up a bit which tells me that she is going through the rite of growing up. (Heck you still learn and grow later in life too!!). Sometimes you find a friend that can turn into something more. It is possible!

I thought the story was lovely, cute, respectful, had a nice take on high school and it gave me a sense of what’s important in life. I did read this book rather quickly because I wanted to know what was going to happen next for Emma. I thought the ending was nicely wrapped up. I do keep seeing that this book is suppose to be a retell of “Emma” but to me it could be a combination of that and modern day. I think the author did her own thing which was great!

If you are looking for a quick, sweet and fun book that falls into the world of teens, then give it a shot.

Just to let you know: there is a tiny bit of bullying and a scare of health issues.

Review of Sixteen Scandals by Sophie Jordan

Summary:

The youngest of four daughters, Primrose Ainsworth is used to getting lost in the shuffle. But when her parents decide to delay her debut into English society, Prim hatches a plan to go rogue on the night of her sixteenth birthday.

Donning a mask, Prim escapes to the infamous Vauxhall Gardens for one wild night. When her cover is nearly blown, a mysterious stranger intercedes, and Prim finds an unexpected partner in mischief . . . and romance. But when it’s revealed her new ally isn’t who he says he is, her one night of fun may last past dawn.

In this frothy regency romp perfect for fans of Austen-esque flirtation and Shakespearean hijinks, sometimes a little scandal can be a good thing.

My Review:

I got an e-Arc from Netgalley and the publisher for an honest review! Thank you so much!

I finally had a chance to get to this wonderful gem! I loved it. This is what I needed right now with lots of things going on. The beginning of the book caught my attention as I began to wonder how did the main character get herself in that situation. Where was she? What happened? What was the cause? I had to read more to find out what had happened.

I continued to read on. The main character Primrose Ainsworth turns sixteen which means she gets to go into society. Coming out society to see the world and have adventures. Primrose was so excited about it and casually mentions it in the morning to her parents but its brushed off by her mother mostly. Her father is not help at all. Her mother decides to delay her coming out so she can focus on her other sister. The way the mother came across was cruel. I could feel Primrose heart break into pieces. I wanted her to have her adventure.

While feeling a bit heartbroken Primrose ends up visiting her friend, Olympia and Olympia’s mother for tea and delicious things to eat out in public since its Primrose 16th birthday after all. Ladies back then had to be chaperoned. While being out in public, a spark happens for Primrose which made me feel happy for her since her mother ruined her morning. That spark had me realize what could happen next. You need to pick up this book to find out.

After a lovely time out and about for tea and food, Olympia and Primrose talk and somehow they ended up planning a sneaky night out at Vauxhall Gardens alone! What happens next?

Adventure happens….as the summary says up above “when her cover is nearly blown, a mysterious stranger intercedes and Prim finds an unexpected partner in mischief and romance…..” That pretty much sums it up but let me tell you it was sooo fun and cute to read. I really enjoyed Prim’s adventure night out and I could not stop reading it. Prim’s night out gave her a sense of freedom and that is she needed. Although will there be a consequence to Prim’s night of freedom?

You gotta pick this book up to find out.

I really liked it because it was fun, had romance and adventure! As I said I could not stop reading it. It flirty, fun, adventure, seeing new things and feelings! Just to let you know it was fast paced and wrapped up nicely.
I think it’s nice to read those types of stories once in a while.

Cover Real – Alyson Noel

Today is a cover reveal by Alyson Noel! This looks fantastic! I have read some of her books in the past and they were so fun to read. I am pretty sure I am going to end up reading this new book!

Isn’t the cover amazing????

Are you going to be reading it?

Stealing Infinity by #1 NYT bestselling author Alyson Noël releases 2-1-2022

When a young girl with an usual gift is whisked away to an academy for time-travelling teens, she becomes the target for a sinister organization hell-bent on rewriting history in this clever and fast-paced YA that is guaranteed to become your next fantasy romance obsession.

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Covet by Tracy Wolff

  • Author : Tracy Wolff
  • Date: March 2, 2021
  • Hardcover : 600 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled Teen

SUMMARY:
I may have reached my breaking point. As if trying to graduate from a school for supernaturals isn’t stressful enough, my relationship status has gone from complicated to a straight-up dumpster fire

Oh, and the Bloodletter has decided to drop a bomb of epic proportions on us all…

Then again, when has anything at Katmere Academy not been intense?

And the hits just keep coming. Jaxon’s turned colder than an Alaskan winter. The Circle is splintered over my upcoming coronation. As if things couldn’t get worse, now there’s an arrest warrant for Hudson’s and my supposed crimes―which apparently means a lifetime prison sentence with a deadly unbreakable curse.

Choices will have to be made…and I fear not everyone will survive.

My Review:
Okay I admit I loved this story. It made me feel things. Oh my gosh. I felt Grace’s emotions all over the place. I felt upset, frustrated, happy, worried and sad. Gosh! What a roller coaster ride. I actually placed myself in Grace’s shoes in this story. Imagine how you would feel if this happened to you and what was going on around you and to your friends.

Where do I even began? The whole Jaxon and Hudson thing with Grace was conflicting and heartbreaking. It kind of reminded me “Vampire Diaries” just a tiny bit. I did like the connection between the three of them. Jaxon and Hudson are so different and yet so similar. Their affections to Grace was pretty amazing. I even thought when they argued was interesting too. They just all click in a different ways. Hudson and Grace throughout the book just kept trickling sexy steam which was awesome. Yes I squealed at some parts in my head. I am pretty sure you will too if you read it.

Which vampire do I like better? That’s a tricky question for me. I may be able to figure that out at the end of the fourth book, unless I can like them both?

While the story continues at the academy, Grace and her friends eventually go on more adventures. Some of the places they go are to the home of the Giants, the area where Dragons are at and the prison. All these places were so interesting to read about. Let me tell you why I thought these places were so interesting.

The Giants were just so fun. I loved how they are trying to track down the blacksmith where it leads them to the Giant’s territory. I loved how Hudson tells Grace she has a connection with Mother Earth. On page 212, you’ll see how this is true. Oh and the author does mention that Grace had always had a fascination for redwood trees.

The trees, carvings and being related to Mother Earth was amazing in this story. On page 214 “The building which is made from gorgeously polished wood is probably close to fifty feet tall on its own, but it’s dwarfed by the trees surrounding it on all sides.” Can you see this? Imagine a building of wood so tall and so magical! So rad isn’t it? Okay I think trees are cool so sue me. I want a tree house. Imagine.

While they are at Giant’s territory, they see amazing things and eventually meet’s the blacksmith wife, Falia who misses her husband so much who’s been gone for a thousand of years. She knows he’s still alive by the fact she’s wearing a promise ring given by her husband, Vander. My heart was aching at this point for Falia. I was pretty sure Grace was feeling that too. With new information about Vander and what had happened, they kept on going. They were not going to stop their task to get the Crown.

Okay so Flint ends up inviting Grace and everyone to a dragon event called Wyvernhoard that takes place in New York City! Talk about fancy! New York City is a fast paced city and there is always something going on there. (I visited that place years ago and loved it. One day I’ll visit again). Anyways while everyone is at this event, they learn how it works which is pretty damn cool. I love how the author came up with this event and how rich it really is. I want to go to this event! Oh oh and everyone gets dressed up! Can you imagine being dressed up in a fancy dress and all that jazz? Oh when Hudson sends tons of dresses for Grace and her cousin Macy to choose from. I love that. Psst page 331! You’ll love the note that Hudson sends. And which dress does Grace choose? It was so fun to see how that went down. *Swoons*

Into the belly of the prison. That is one risky move to do and such an emotional toll on some. The prison set up is really strange. I tried to keep picturing it as a town? I don’t know how to describe it but it’s a whole another world but there are various supernatural characters in it which makes it more fast paced and interesting. Flint, Hudson and Grace meet two new characters, Remy and Calder who are their cellmates. I like Remy quite a bit which reminds me of Gambit from X-men style for some odd reason. I keep picturing him like from the movie ‘Wolverine.’ Gambit was played by Taylor Kitsch from that movie. The banter between Remy and Hudson is hilarious. While in the prison Remy knows everything about the place and helps them achieve their mission but it is not easy. There are some tasks that Flint, Hudson and Grace go through which will leave you gasping, laughing and freaking out. You’ll have to read the book to find out what they go through and learn something pretty interesting about Grace during this time.

Now I have to say towards the end of the book…oh my… I was so downhearted. There was a death. I am not giving it away because just no. Spoilers not allowed. Death and sacrifice towards the end. I felt like screaming no at the story. (I couldn’t cause my children were sleeping. It was 1 am by the way when finished the book!) Then when I just think the story was going to end there, I was wrong. So wrong. I was in shocked. I did not see this coming at all. I managed to breathe but then again another shock hit me from the story. You know what I was thinking “You bet Grace is not gonna back down now.”

I know I am jumping all over the place about my review (it’s kind in order) but these are some of the things that stayed with me while reading this book. I can’t cover it all without giving the story away so go read it. Like now. Go get it.

The story ended but in my book (I bought it), it had Hudson’s perspective on one of the chapters which was really cool to get a feel how he was handling things. I loved it. His perspective and thoughts. Wow! That was a nice little gem.

I want book four now please!