Book Review- Little Monsters

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Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
Published by Delacorte Press on July 25th, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary
Pages: 336
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Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.

OH GOSH. Where to even start?

This book was NOTHING like I was expecting… in the best way possible.

I honestly had no idea what to think of this book. I had never read anything by Kara Thomas before, and I’m really not the biggest fan of Pretty Little Liars (which this book is “for the fans of”). I don’t know what prompted me to pick it up, but I am so glad I did.

Okay so this review is probably going to be a little ramble-y (like all of my reviews…) but I’m still in so much shock after reading this that it is a little hard to form coherent thoughts.

EVERYTHING about this book was amazing. From the scheming to the mystery to the reveal at the end. I was thrown in a loop so many times that it baffles me. There was just enough realness in the story to make it seem 100% real, like I was reading a true recounting of something that happened far away in Broken Falls.

The characters in the book were SO COMPLEX. I was surprised by them at every turn. The secrets and the jealousy. The backstabbing and the ulterior motives. What was even more scary than the eventual truth that came at the end was how hard it was to hate any of the characters. Even the characters who did awful, terrible things.

The plot of this book was incredible. That’s the only way to describe it. I’ve never read anything like it, and all I want is more. More, more, more.

I would recommend this book to everyone. Seriously. Everyone can take something away from this.

I am going to give Little Monsters five out of five hearts.

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Am I Following You? – Social Media Links

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I just want to thank you all for following my blog! I’ve been getting tons of new followers lately, and I just wanted to make sure we can connect on social media too! So I’m putting my links below, and please leave me your links so I can go follow you back!!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/keystrokeblog

Twitter: https://twitter.com/keystrokeblog/

Bloglovin: https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/keystroke-blog-14713363

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/20199735-em

Please leave links to your social media and blogs so I can go follow you too!

Book Review- Haunting the Deep

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Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather
Expected publication by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 3rd, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Paranormal
Pages: 368
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Samantha Mather knew her family’s connection to the infamous Salem Witch Trials might pose obstacles to an active social life. But having survived one curse, she never thought she’d find herself at the center of a new one.

This time, Sam is having recurring dreams about the Titanic . . . where she’s been walking the deck with first-class passengers, like her aunt and uncle. Meanwhile, in Sam’s waking life, strange missives from the Titanic have been finding their way to her, along with haunting visions of people who went down with the ship.

Ultimately, Sam and the Descendants, along with some help from heartthrob Elijah, must unravel who is behind the spell that is drawing her ever further into the dream ship . . . and closer to sharing the same grim fate as its ghostly passengers.

After being surprised by how much I liked How to Hang a Witch (read my review here), I jumped at the chance to receive this book from a fellow blogger. I was excited to dive back into the magically spooky world of Salem, and join Sam and her friends on their next adventure.
I was not disappointed.

This books picks up 6 months after the first book ends. Sam is dealing with the fallout of the events (which I will not spoil, incase you haven’t read the first book yet… which you totally should), and staying as far away from the descendants, and magic, as she can. Then she starts seeing spirits again. Spirits from the Titanic.

The mystery of this book kept me guessing until the very end. I didn’t see any of the twists coming, and honestly it was so exciting! I read this book in one afternoon because I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next!

I also loved how much more developed the characters seemed in this book than the first one. One of the biggest problems I had with How to Hang a Witch was how all of the characters felt like children… even the adults. In this one, although I got glimpses of that same problem, the characters felt much more mature and true to who they were supposed to be. It was easier for me to get lost in the story because the inconsistencies were almost gone.

I loved the feeling of this book too. It was easy to read and light, but at the same time it was so full of emotion and excitement and mystery and intrigue.
I would recommend this series to anyone looking for a good spooky story. Both books are great reads!

I am going to give Haunting the Deep four out of five hearts.

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The Liebster Award 2.0

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WHAT?!?!! ME??? Another Award???!!!

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I’m so honored. Really. My heart is full of warmness.

I want to say a HUGE thank you to the amazing Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger for nominating me and just being an amazing human being in general. If you don’t know who she is, you need to go check out her blog! You don’t know what you are missing out on.

I actually got nominated for this over a year ago, and did a post then (which you can check out here), but I’m seriously cringing so hard at it, so maybe don’t go read it? Idk… either way, welcome to my Liebster 2.0 award! I’m so excited to answer Jordan’s questions! And, hopefully when I look back at this post in a year, I won’t cringe so hard.

Rules of the award (because rules are important and stuff):

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions they gave you.
  • Nominate 11 blogs.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

And now, for my answers!!! To Jordan’s questions!!! YAY!

1. What book got you hooked on reading?

I don’t really remember… I’ve just always been a reader.

2. When did you begin your blog?

February 2016

3. Why did you start blogging?

Because I loved the idea of being a part of a community of book lovers! (And it’s been amazing so far!!)mmmm

4. What’s your Hogwarts house?

Gryffindor!

5. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate?

I mean, I drink coffee every morning, but I think it really depends on my mood.

6. Favorite book read in 2017?

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Also, keep your eye out for my review (of the series) because I’m going to be doing a huge giveaway!!

7. What’s one book you bought because of the cover?

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury (and gosh was that a great book!!)

8. Who are some of your auto-buy authors?

Kendare Blake, Sarah J. Maas, Jenn Bennett, and Elizabeth Norris

9. What’s one movie/TV show adaptation you liked better than the books?

Honestly I liked the Mortal Instruments movie more than the book (but I think the TV show is the worst of all). Also the Vampire Diary TV show is better than the books…

10. What’s your most anticipated release for the rest of the year or 2018?

I’m excited for SO MANY. I can’t pick a favorite.

11. What are you currently reading?

At this very moment? Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas and Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco.

I nominate:

  1. Cole @ Teenage Book Reader
  2. Stacy and Daisy @ Two Gals and a Book
  3. Jessica @ Reading with Jessica
  4. It’s Fine
  5. Darque Dreamer Reads
  6. Fernanda @ The Wanderlust Reader
  7. Jessica @ The Mortal Jessica
  8. Lindsay @ Singer of Stories
  9. Rendz @ Reading with Rendz
  10. Amber @ The Literary Phoenix
  11. Taylor @ Taylor is Reading

My questions for you:

  1. What is the first thing that comes to mind when I say orange?
  2. Righty or lefty?
  3. Can you type without looking at the keyboard?
  4. What is your favorite thing about the blogging community?
  5. What book do you think is overrated?
  6. What book do you think is underrated?
  7. How many books do you usually read a month?
  8. Pineapple on pizza: yes or no?
  9. Favorite color?
  10. Favorite food?
  11. How hungry are you right now?

Thanks for reading!! 

Book Review- Dreamology

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Dreamology by Lucy Keating
Published by HarperTeen on April 12, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy
Pages: 336
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For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. He’s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isn’t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

This book made me SO MAD. It was infuriating to the point where it became an almost hate-read. Honestly I don’t even know where to start with this one. UGH.

Okay, firstly, the characters were awful. Alice was SUCH an idiot. I wanted to grab her by the shoulders and shake her and tell her to stop being so stupid. I mean honestly, how is it possible to have that little common sense? My gosh.

And Max. UGHHHHHH. He was so annoying. I honestly hated him as a character. I hated his relationship with Alice. I hated everything about him. Actually, I really didn’t like any of the characters. They all were so unrealistic and annoying and infuriating.

Phew. Okay. So secondly, can we just talk about how UNREALISTIC the whole situation with the dream-doctor guy is? I don’t know if this counts as spoilers or not (it probably does, so if you haven’t read this and don’t want to know some of the goings-on in the middle of the book, you might want to skip ahead), but seriously the whole dream/experimenting thing is illegal in like 10 different ways. Both Max and Alice are under 18, but still the doctor guy is like “oh yeah just come in and don’t tell your parents and we’ll experiment on you guys.” WHAT THE HELL. THIS IS SO STUPID. AND THEN NOTHING EVEN HAPPENS TO THE DOCTOR BECAUSE OF IT? HE SHOULD BE IN PRISON AND UNLICENCED. And then, not only does nothing happen because of that, but he gets in trouble for PARROT TRADE?!?!?!?!? WTF. UGHGHGHGHHGHGGHHGHGGH

Thirdly, I HATE THE RELATIONSHIPS IN THIS BOOK. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. OF THEM.
Honestly I am just so mad at this book. And the whole reason for Max and Alice being in each other’s dreams was idiotic. What an anti-climax.

I just had so many problems with this book. So. Many. Problems.

I can’t even. Ugh.

I am going to give Dreamology one out of five hearts.

Disney Princess Sidekicks Tag

 

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Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews tagged me to do one of her amazing original tags!!! If you haven’t seen any of her tags before, be sure to head over to her blog and check them out!!

I also used her header graphic (as you can probably tell) because it’s adorable and more people need it in their lives. You’re welcome 🙂

This tag is all about the awesome sidekicks of Disney!! Let’s do this!!

Mushu from Mulan + Olaf and Sven from Frozen

Comic Relief- Name your favorite hilarious character or your favorite comedy/funny book

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I don’t really read a lot of “funny” books, but the Percy Jackson series always cracks me up. There is a lot of witty humor, and I find myself laughing out loud every time I re-read the series.

On the character/sidekick note, Grover makes an amazing and hilarious sidekick, so I guess he’s my pick!

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The Seven Dwarfs from Snow White

Favorite Group/Ensemble

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Aelin’s court, especially in Empire of Storms.

I actually just finished this book, and I am seriously in love with all of the characters in Aelin’s Court. They make such a great team, and even though they have their problems, they are a family and they love each other.

****Also, if you are a Throne of Glass fan, keep an eye out for the Series Review coming up. I am going to be doing a huge ToG themed giveaway!!****

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Pascal from Tangled

The loyal cheerleader chameleon (not a frog, Flynn Rider) – Name a book that started out one way but changed for you

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I laughed my behind off throughout the first half of A Short History of the Girl Next Door and sobbed my way throughout the second half.

Honestly the change took me by surprise too. I was not expecting that at all. And it was so amazing!

Who knew such a small book could pack such a big punch?

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Meeko from Pocahontas

Pocahontas’s sly and sneaky raccoon friend – Name a plot twist that you did not see coming

Can I use A Short History of the Girl Next Door again? Because that applies here too. But I’ll pick another one….

32320750Little Monsters. This book literally blew me out of the water with it’s complex plot and amazingness.

This book surprised me so many times with all it’s twists and turns, and I the ending completely baffled me.

But seriously, I’m still reeling from the ending. It was SO GOOD.

Rajah from Aladdin + Flounder from The Little Mermaid

Gentle with their princess but protective with everyone else – Name your favorite best friend in a novel

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Yup, I’m using Empire of Storms.. again.

Rowan!!! He is such an adorable softie with Aelin and so protective of her (even if she totally doesn’t need it). I am so in love with their love… it’s adorable!!

The rest of her court is kind of like that too, but I just love the bond between Rowan and Aelin!

Sebastian from The Little Mermaid + Cogsworth, Lumiere, and Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast + Louis from The Princess and the Frog

The Musical Bunch – Name a novel where music played a big part or made you want to sing its praises

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The whole plot of P.S. I Like You is dependent on music: or more specifically, lyrics.

Not only are lyrics the reason that the two MC’s met/became penpals, but Lily writes her own lyrics too.

So, naturally, there is a pretty big focus on music in the book, even if there is no actual singing or mentions of huge/famous singers and stuff.

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Maximus from Tangled

The obstacle in Flynn Rider’s way – Name a character that faces a lot of obstacles

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Hanna and Nik from Gemina. Yeah, Kady and Ezra faced a lot in Illuminae, but I liked Gemina a lot more, so there.

But seriously. Hanna and Nik have so many things stacked against them, and something new pops up at every turn. They amaze me with their resourcefulness and skills.

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Hamish, Hubert, and Harris from Brave

Favorite family dynamics in a novel

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Matt’s family from A Short History of the Girl Next Door.

I had to use this book again. I really think that YA is lacking a lot of good family dynamics, but this book captures it perfectly.

The family dynamic in this story is just so honest and real. The parent’s are present and actually act and talk like parents. His little brother acts like a little brother. I don’t know why that’s so hard to find in YA, but it is.

Ray from The Princess and the Frog + The 3 Fairies from Sleeping Beauty

The Advice Givers – Book that most impacted your life

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I am going to go with Anna Dressed in Blood because it has been with me the longest and was the book that really got me to read more.

I mean, I’ve always been a big reader, but this book really pushed me into YA and spurred a greater love for books, and is one of the reasons I started blogging. It’s also one of my all time favorite books!!

So yay Anna Dressed in Blood!!

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Hei Hei from Moana

Name a character that steals the show

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Thomas from Stalking Jack the Ripper.

Can we just take a moment to appreciate Thomas Cresswell?

I need one.

No but seriously, Thomas is amazing and smart and funny and oh so swoon worthy! I’m probably going to re-read this a million times just to get more of him!

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Opposites Attract – Name your favorite or worst opposite attracts pairing

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This is a FAVORITEEEEEEE:

Juliet and Declan from Letters to the Lost.

They are pretty much nothing alike, but THEY ARE SO PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER!!!

I need more of them. Can we please have a follow up novella?

Yayyyy now I get to tag people!!!

But I’ve been doing a whole lot of tags lately, so instead of naming people again (because I’m nice and I’ll give you a break), I’m just going to say EVERYBODY is tagged, and you get to decide if you want to do it or not!!!

Thanks for reading!!

Book Review- Hunting Prince Dracula

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Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
Expected publication by Little, Brown on September 19th, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Horror, Romance
Pages: 448
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Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

Stalking Jack the Ripper was one of my favorite books, so when I was able to get my hands on a copy of Hunting Prince Dracula (through a trade) I was over the moon!

Hunting Prince Dracula was every bit as dark, spooky, haunting, and swoon worthy as promised. Audrey Rose and Thomas travel to Romaina, only to find there is a murderer on the loose, and the dead bodies are drained of blood.

I loved this book, but not quite as much as I liked the first one. There were some things throughout the book that put me a little off (nothing major or worth mentioning, but still, every once in a while I would pause and go like “what? why would you put that in there? That does absolutely nothing for the plot/characters/novel at all”). But I was able to get past that pretty easily, and it didn’t really bother me that much.

As in Stalking Jack the Ripper, I picked out the killer the first time they were introduced. Literally the second that character met Audrey Rose I said to myself “and there’s the killer.” I only doubted that thought once in the book (which was some pretty good plotting on Maniscalco’s part), but in the end I turned out to be right.

I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who likes spooky, thrilling, mysterious, or gothic/dark books. These are amazing!! I honestly can not wait for the next book to come out (and this one to come out so more people can read it!), and I’m going to spend every second from now until the title is announced trying to guess just what legend Wadsworth and Cresswell are going to be chasing next.

ALSO THE SWOONS GUYS. SO MANY SWOONS I DIED.

I am going to give Hunting Prince Dracula four out of five hearts.

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