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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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.

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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Book Review- Gemina

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Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 18th, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Pages: 608
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Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

After not really loving Illuminae (read my review here), I went into this with relatively low expectations. Maybe that’s why I liked this one so much more. Or maybe this one was really just that much better.

I liked Hanna and Nik a million times more than Kady and Ezra. They were more entertaining, more unique, and just better characters in general. All of the characters in Gemina were more dimensional than in Illuminae, even if they still were a little too similar for my taste.

The plot in this one was pretty similar to the plot in Illuminae, and none of the twists surprised me (not that they did in Illuminae…. you know what? I’m just going to stop talking about Illuminae now.), but I still found them enjoyable. Even though the twist in this one was more “out-there”, I found it much more believable and enjoyable (than Illuminae… Ugh why am I still talking about this? I’m hopeless).

I loved that in this second installment in the series, I could actually tell the difference between who the characters were, and it didn’t sound like they were all 12 year olds. It was great.

I would definitely recommend reading this one if you’ve read the first one (even if you didn’t necessarily like the first one… like me) because this was So. Much. Better. Like 10000% better. Also, if you like sci-fi, you should give this series a go. It’s not so bad after all. Also I can’t wait for Obsideo now!! If it follows this pattern of getting better, than it is going to be amazing!!

I am going to give Gemina four out of five hearts.

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This is my Genre, Tell me Yours TAG – What is my favorite genre? Why do I read? And other questions like those.

 

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*sings loudly and off-key* I was taaaaggggeedddddddddd to do this taaaaaggggggggg

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Hey, I tried….

Alrightly, so I was tagged by the wonderful Lauren @ Comma Hangover to do the “This is my genre, tell me yours” tag. If you don’t follow Lauren yet: What are you doing? Also, if you want to check out the creator of the tag, click here.

Aaaaaaaand now for the questions (dun dun dunnnnnnn):

1. What is your favorite genre?

Okay, I see how it is. Starting with the hard questions.

Hmmm, probably fantasy. Probably. It really depends on the day.

2. Who is your favorite author from that genre? n.gif

And I thought the first question was hard.

I could probably make a list of a million authors here, because there are so many amazing ones…

Okay I’m gonna try: Kendare Blake, Sarah J. Maas, Jessica Khoury, Elizabeth Norris, Sarah Glenn Marsh, Kerstin Gier, Sarah Beard….

Like I said, the list is super long. But if you don’t know any of those authors I definitely suggest you go check them out.

3. What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?

I have no idea. I guess I just love the magical-ness?

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4. What is the book that started your love for that genre?

Again, no idea. I’ve been reading since forever, and I can’t remember the first books that I read that made me love reading. I’ve just always loved reading.

That being said, The Percy Jackson series definitely got me reading more, even if they aren’t the books that initially started me on reading. Those are some great books!

5. If you had to recommend at least one book from your favorite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why? 

9378297Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. It’s just an amazing book. Like so amazing I have read it a million times and keep going back to read it 28187again because I will never tire of its amazingness.

That being said, the Percy Jackson books are also amazing, quick, funny reads. I think that anyone who is not “huge” on reading would still have an amazing time with the series, and get through those books super easily, falling in love with the story in the process!

6. Why do you read?

HAHAHAHAHA. Why does the sun shine? Why do we need to breathe oxygen? What is the purpose of life?

These questions are all of the same caliber.

And…. Scene! Great job everybody. That was wonderful. Let’s take it from the top!

AKA it’s your turn! I’mma tag some people, but even if I don’t mention you by name, YOU’RE IT!

I tag:

Lori @ Reading with Lori

Nikki @ The Night is Dark and Full of Books

Vikki @ The Mundane Teenage Life

Thanks for reading!