Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

Title: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Published: September 18th 2012 by Scholastic Press

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Stars:                 Content Rating: 1

Synopsis:

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

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Hello fellow readers!! As always, thank you for following my blog. It really does mean so much to me. I started blogging because I had so many people asking me what I had read lately, and I thought, “I should just blog about what I read!” That being said, it has grown so much more than I would have thought and it makes me happy to share something I love with you all!
Now, the thing that makes my reads a 5 star rating instead of 4 stars is this: would I read it again? The answer is obviously YES! This series has 4 books. They are ALL out. I know that is a biggie for some of my readers. They don’t love the anticipation of waiting 5 years for the whole series to be released! Am I right? If I have the whole series I binge read it so fast! Which is fun, BUT, I also like it when I am forced to wait. It makes the next book so much more magical. Don’t get me wrong, it kills me, but I like having something to look forward to.
Okay, okay. On to this book! I have had it on my list FOREVER. Just like most books on any TBR list. They sit in my Amazon cart, or Goodreads list until I finally make time for them. Or in this case, a few friends that wanted to read it together. I am so happy I did! All the characters are interesting. They all have a role to play and it took me a minute to see how important each one is, and even now I am only at the tip of the iceberg.
Gansey is a complex character. He has everything he could possibly ever want, but after a near death experience and whisper of “Glendower” he is obsessed with it. With unlimited amounts of money he spares no expense.  Adam is not rich. He lives in a double wide with an abusive father and he is determined to make his way in the world. He works multiple jobs and goes to Aglionby on a partial scholarship. Ronan is… dark and dangerous. After his father’s death he becomes this brooding, mystery. I really can’t figure him out yet but I know that his part in the story is significant. He knows Latin like its not a dead language and finds a baby Raven he names Chainsaw. Noah is the quiet one with a past. A past that not even I saw coming. He cares for his friends and seems to be wiser than his years. These boys make up The Raven Boys. Blue is funny. I love her character. She comes from a family of physics but is not one herself. After her St. Marks eve encounter with Gansey, fate or destiny has made it clear she would be in their lives. Working together to find Glendower is an adventure that starts out as something fun, and then it gets real. Magic is real. The story no longer just a story. It’s alive and they all play a part in bringing it about. Really, I can not tell you how much I loved this book!
After the second chapter I had legit chills. I was hooked that fast. 2 chapters. I love it so much when I can get sucked in that fast. The story is intriguing the whole way through. The little bits and pieces that eventually come together, to create the best story ever. The twists were so unexpected and I loved them. I bought only the first book and now I have to wait for the next in the series to arrive. I can’t wait to get my hands on it! You better believe I am buying the rest of this series, and yes.. I will most likely devour them when they get here. Well done Maggie Stiefvater. Well done.
I hope you enjoyed my review! As always, happy reading!!
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B L A C K S O U L S by Nicole Castroman

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“For several moments they simply held each other, their connection strong and unshakeable.”

Title: Blacksouls

Author: Nicole Castroman

Published: April 11th 2017 by Simon Pulse

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Adventure

Stars: 4          Content Rating: 0 -Clean

Synopsis: Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.

Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.

Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.

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“Not all treasure is silver and gold mate.” -Captain Jack Sparrow

I felt like this quote went with this story very well. This is a story about love. When I first read BLACKHEARTS and began reading knowing it was about Blackbeard, I was very surprised. I was expecting a fierce adventure story with lots of pirates. It was not. It was the prelude to how Blackbeard became the pirate. Who would ever choose to be a pirate? What must have happened in their lives, or what was their situation like to think piracy was the better option? Or maybe its the only option.

Blackhearts left us with Anne and Teach both sailing off to the Caribbean on two separate ships.  Anne with the hopes of finding her mothers family and Teach with the hopes of finding Anne. Just a few days out from Nassau the Deliverence was attacked by two ships and Teach was only able to save the ship and the men by taking over as Captain. Anne had met Coyle and Cara on board and became fast friends with the siblings. From their ship they saw the attack but the captain would not go out to offer aid. Once in Nassau, they found Coyle and Cara’s uncle, who owned a tavern. Alistair isn’t just a tavern owner. He is a very wealthy merchant and is against slavery. The governor is all for supporting the African Trading Company and wants Alistar’s ships for the venture. When Alistair makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with it, all sorts of bad things start to go down. You can’t trust anyone on an island where the ones in charge of justice are not honest and good men.

Teach finally makes it to Nassau only to be charged with mutiny and locked up with his men. Governor Webb makes a deal with Teach. Go after this pirate Easton, bring him back alive and then his men are free to go. If only Teach knew how corrupt Webb was. Teach finds Anne only to have to hide their relationship in fear that anyone he loves will be used against him. This whole book is full of plans that don’t go according to plan. All the officials are corrupt and the pirates.. well.. they are the good guys. Can Teach and Anne outrun Pelham and Webb, or will they stop them before more innocent lives are taken?

Sometimes you have to do the wrong thing to do the right thing.” – Easton

This book really took me on an adventure. The author has painted a pretty amazing story for Edward Drummond, aka Blackbeard. I love how she was able to create this story by taking all the research of what is known of Blackbeard and that time period and fill in the blanks. This romance version is really incredible. I can’t wait to read the next book. Will Teach and Anne ever get their happy ever after? How many oceans would you cross for love?

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Title: Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garbar

Published: January 31st 2017 by Flatiron Books

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Stars:  5    Content Rating: 3

Synopsis:    Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

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I am so excited to be in my new house!! Now that I am in, with most things put away I can get back to the important things… like reading! It has been a super busy and crazy month but now I am ready for things like cold weather and snuggling up inside to read all day. Bring on Winter and all the fun family filled holidays!

I have had this book on my list for a L O N G time. I see pictures of it all over Instagram and I thought it sounded intriguing. It never made it to my “I have to buy this book” list but when I was looking for a new book to listen to on Audibles and it popped up. I decided to give a go and now I can not wait for book 2. I will be buying both for my reading room. (yes.. the new house is going to have a reading room.. I am beyond excited!) This book was so good. The whole time I was trying to figure out what the end game is going to be. What is real? They say it is all a game, but how much if it is just a game? When the game is over… how did it change you? Who are players and who is actually playing? The plot was so good. It was magical and different. I loved how it kept me guessing. The sisterly bond is a fun twist to see. There is a little romance and then the ending left you wanting more. The sequel “Legendary” comes out next May and it is going to kill me to wait. I seem to like waiting. You would think I would learn to wait for the whole series to come out before I jump in but I haven’t. A part of me likes the wait. I think it’s because I enjoy having something to look forward to. If this is you, then READ THIS BOOK ASAP. You will love it. If you need to wait for the series to come out, I totally get it but you should definitely put this series on your TBR.

Thanks for reading!

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Feel Me Fall by James Morris

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“The rain pelted us, each drop a tiny bullet.”

Title: Feel Me Fall

Author: James Morris

Published: May 2017

Genre: YA, Mystery, Thriller

Stars:  4          Content Rating: 5

Synopsis:

Secrets and survival in the Amazon

Emily Duran is the sole survivor of a plane crash that left her and her teenage friends stranded and alone in the jungles of the Amazon. Lost and losing hope, they struggle against the elements, and each other. With their familiar pecking order no longer in place, a new order emerges, filled with power struggles, betrayals, secrets and lies. Emily must explain why she’s the last left alive.

But can she carry the burden of the past?

Discover the gripping new adventure novel that explores who we are when no one is watching, and how far we’ll go in order to survive.

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First of all I am sorry I have been a MIA lately. Forgive me! I haven’t been reading at my usual speed because of all sorts of things. Mostly, we just bought a house and we will be moving (just down the street) next week. I am hoping once we get settled I can really dig in and catch up on all the reading I missed this month.

Secondly, READ THIS BOOK. It took me a minute to get into it. I was distracted but then.. I was INTO it. It begins with Emily at the hospital. She is the lone survivor of high school trips plane crash into the Amazon. To deal with the trauma, her therapist tells her to write her story down. To process it all and help it make sense. As Emily is telling the story, she goes from the Amazon to her past at school. So you are jumping around a timeline a little bit but I liked it. It added enough info to how the kids were at school and their relationships with each other.

I got to the end and about died. I loved how the author wrapped it up. I don’t want to spoil anything because it surprised me. I should have seen it coming but I didn’t. I have been thinking and considering it all day. The thought that was put into this book was pretty thorough. I felt like they were teenagers, with teenage problems. Teenage worries. Teenagers trying to make it out if the jungle alive. It was a pretty intense read. When it comes down to survival in the middle of the jungle, there are no rules. Who would you become to survive?

Thanks for reading!

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A very heartfelt *thank you* to Jim Morris for sending me this copy to review. I truly loved it!

To buy a copy on Amazon click here.

The Trainee Undercover by Brenda Shaw

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Title: The Trainee Undercover

Author: Brenda Shaw

Published: 2016 Ade Press Ltd.

Genre: YA, Mystery

Stars: 2            Content: 2

Synopsis:

The COO of a giant pharmaceutical discovers billions of pounds embezzled from the company. When he tries to expose the raid, he gets blackmailed. At the same time, the CEO gets accused of murdering one of the company directors. In the midst, are four teenagers who desperately want to rescue the COO from the blackmailer. Preparing to take all risks, one of them covertly takes up the job of a trainee in the pharmaceutical c company Read on to see, if the optimistic teenagers succeed in exposing the blackmailers or get trapped by inexperience.

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I was so happy to receive this copy of The Trainee Undercover from Brenda! It sounded so interesting and I’m ashamed it has taken me so long to read it! We have had a pretty busy month. Lets get to it.

The idea of this novel is a really good one. Four teenage friends that put themselves in dangerous situations to crack the case. Alex, Harry, George and Angela have been friends forever. One summer George and his family are going to be shipped off to America because his Dad is the COO and is being framed. The friends don’t want that so they decide to go undercover and figure it out themselves, because…. well.. who would expect a bunch of kids? Alex gets hired on at Pat Pharma. Angela does an internship with the lawyers that handled the murder case. Harry is the tech guy. . . and George helps keep it all together. There are “grown ups” aka Matt and his team, who are real private investigators, also trying to solve this case. As it all comes about, I will say it was a good story. However, I had a very hard time believing these teenagers were teenagers. They talked like adults, not 17 year old kids. I had a really hard time getting past that. The writing style wasn’t my favorite either but once I got more into the story it was okay. It definitely didn’t suck my right in. In fact I had a really hard time staying interested. If your looking for a good nail biting mystery, this isn’t it.

Thanks for reading!

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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“The Darkling slumped back in his chair. “Fine,” he said with a weary shrug. “Make me your villain.”

Title: Shadow and Bone

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Published: June 5th 2012 by Henry Holt and Company

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Stars: 4 Content Rating: 2

Synopsis:

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

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Oh my goodness! I can’t believe it has been so long since I have posted! I’m so sorry! We have been so busy and we are in the process of buying a house and selling ours. We have had lots of home projects we wanted to finish up before we put it on the market so I have not been reading. ( I know.. so sad) I did find some time with all the said projects to do some listening! I finished Shadow and Bone this week and wanted to immediately start the next book. I had so many recommendations for this series and I’m so happy I gave it a chance. Leigh Bardugo has just become one of my favorite new authors!

This is a story about a girl that has been suppressing her powers her whole life. Since she was a small child to stay with her friend, Mal. She didn’t even know she was doing it. After they grow up and join the army together, they set off into the “fold” with their company. In this world, Leigh has created the Grisha. There are different types depending on what their magic can do. Each are identified as such with what colors they wear. There is a King, with his first army. Then there is the Darkling, with his second army: the Grisha. As Alina and Mal go through the Shadow Fold and Mal gets attacked, her magic breaks loose and saves them. Now that the Darkling has found her, he can set his plans in motion. Alina gets swept away and trained with the other Grisha in drills and learns how to use her power. She is a Sun Summoner and the only one. It’s confusing to figure out this life of luxury or is it only masked as such? Can the Darkling be trusted with his plans of world prosperity and peace or does he have more sinister plans up is sleeve?

I will be honest. I am confused about the Darkling. I really want him to be good. As of how book 1 ended he is the villain. … but I have hope for him yet. I really love how the Darkling is all shadow and dark power. His color is black, and Alina is light and warmth. Their powers balance each other out and they are the only two with those powers. I know there is more that these two are going to go through and I can’t wait to see how it will play out with them contrasting and complimenting each other. It took me a minute to get into this story. Sometimes it just does when it is a new world that you are trying to figure out, but now that I have finished I can’t wait to start book 2. This is a trilogy and I am looking forward to it! Happy reading!

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BLACKHEARTS by Nicole Castroman

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“If you intend to look like a street urchin and smell like a sow, I shall have to call you something else.” He looked Teach over from head to toe, noting his shabby black hair and beard. “You’re no dandy. I’ll call you Blackbeard. Welcome aboard.”

Title: Blackhearts

Author: Nicole Castroman

Published: February 9th 2016 by Simon Pulse

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Historical

Stars: 4 Content Rating: 2

Synopsis:

Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

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A few WARNINGS about this book: 1) This book is 369 pages. I read it in a day. 2) It is not about pirates. It was REALLY good. In fact I thoroughly enjoyed it. It has been an amazing day. Rainy, but still warm enough to have the windows open. I started this book with some hot chocolate and listening to the rain storm outside. Just a cozy day, cooped up inside reading a book I have been looking forward to for some time now. Perfect.

I feel like I would have loved this book more if I wasn’t expecting it to be about pirates. If my predictions are correct, I would say this book is more of a prequel to the pirate part of the story. BLACKHEARTS is more of a historical romance, and because of this romance Mr. Edward Drummond sets sail and becomes Blackbeard….. AT THE END. I am hoping that book 2 will all be set at sea with the adventure of pirates and more of Blackbeard and Anne’s love story. I’m used to more of a fast paced romance and this one is more of a slow burn. You can tell that they have chemistry and feelings but it is slow paced. Which is nice. The story itself is still a really good one. Obviously.. I read it in a day. Sometimes while I’m reading, I don’t realize I’m that into the book. I’ll take a break and think, “it’s okay.. not what I was expecting, but okay,” only to realize that it was pretty dang good. It kept me coming back for more all day. I literally could not put it down because I was sucked into it and wanting to know what was going to happen next!

I don’t feel like I should go into the love story. I don’t want to ruin any of it. Read the synopsis and that should be enough. Wink, wink. Usually the historical romances are about some wealthy Duke or Earl and finding love somewhere unexpected. This one is about a merchants son loving the sea and setting sail again to find his Anne. The time period is not the usual either. I usually read books set in the 1800’s not 1697. This book was a fun and different read for me and I have really high expectations for the sequel. I’m sure this was the prequel to the amazing adventure that awaits! I’ll be busy digging into BLACKSOULS to find out if you need me!

Thanks for reading!

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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Title: Heartless

Author: Marissa Meyer

Published: November 8th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult, Retelling

Stars: 5        Content Rating: 2

Synopsis:

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

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I LOVED this book. Heartless is Marissa Meyer’s version of how Catherine became the villainous Queen of Hearts. No one plans to be the villain. I knew what this book was about. I knew she ended up being the Queen, yet I still had hope for Cath and Jest.

I have to confess I have never read Alice in Wonderland. I have only seen the movies. I really want to read them sometime. I feel that this author did an amazing job of recreating Wonderland and the characters in it. I felt like there were a few things that maybe I didn’t catch, since I have not read Lewis Caroll’s version of Wonderland. It seemed like there were double meanings though out the book. Just the name of things even. I thought they were clever. There are riddles, rhymes and puns. A heart of a Queen that seems to be tied to many different fates. It was beautifully written. I mean, it wrecked me. I’m a sucker for happy endings and going into this we know there won’t be one. It ended how I expected it would but at the same time not. I was turning pages as fast as I could read them, till the very last page. That is saying something. I totally recommend this read. It is a little quirky… because it’s Wonderland but a wonderful read nonetheless.

Thanks for reading!

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August Is Gone

Is it just me or did August fly by? I have felt the whole summer has gone by so fast and it makes me sad. I do LOVE Autumn/Fall. The smells, the weather. I’m excited. I would like to say that someday I’ll make it through my TBR list but that would just be awful! Could you imagine not having a TBR pile? What if there were just no books you wanted to read!? Hopefully you have some you’re looking forward to. If not read though my old reviews and find one that sounds interesting!!

Okay as always I like to recap what I read. It’s not much this month but a quick YES I recommend or NO I do not.

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The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer was good. It is the start of a new series called Loves Mortal Coil. Its about an ancient love curse that manifests itself when Jonas turns 18. He has 3 kisses and if he doesn’t find the love of his life and plant one of those precious kisses on her then he will be alone and miserable forever. His best friend, Cora happens to be the lucky recipient. Does she help him break the curse or does she fall in love? YES. I liked this book. It is the start of the series so the next book doesn’t come out till next year

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Northanger Abbey. The month of July I tried to read more classics. The only one I really managed was Hamlet. They are really hard for me to read. To get into that style of writing takes time and I was so busy. I started Northanger Abbey in July and finished a week ago. Then afterwards I found the movie on Amazon and really enjoyed both. If you enjoy Jane Austen and classics then YES, read this one!

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CONFESS by Colleen Hoover I love Colleen Hoover books. There is something about them that are so real. This story starts out with loss. A young love and a tragic ending. As Auburn is dealing with trying to change some of the decisions she made, she meets Owen. Owen is an artist. He paints confessions others leave through a slot at his studio. His father is not the same after the their loss and as Owen tries to help him, his actions make it so Auburn can never be a part of his life. It seems as if fate is against them but maybe its not. YES. I LOVED THIS BOOK. Colleen Hoover books always have language and some sexual content. I never feel like its too much to keep me from reading her novels, but if that is not up your alley then don’t read ANY of her books. Lol.

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Fireblood by Elly Blake This is book 2 in the Series. You can read my review for the first book Frostblood. I really enjoyed continuing Ruby and Arcus’ story. As Ruby is thrown into the Fireblood homeland and court she discovers much about her people and herself. Somethings she had longed to know and others that are her worst nightmares come to life. Nightblood is the next in the series and comes out next year. YES. Read it.. or wait till the last book comes out but THEN READ IT.

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And I Darken by Kiersten White I listened to this one and although I liked it. I didn’t love it. It takes place in the Ottoman Empire. Lada is a princess but because she is a woman she is discarded in everything she does. She is vicious and brutal to win her fathers approval but in the end it doesn’t matter. Lada and her brother Radu are left as prisoners to the Sultan. There they become forgotten and make friends with the Sultan’s youngest son Mehmed. The love triangle between these 3 is .. weird. When Mehmed finally becomes Sultan they talk about war but never really do much. This is a popular series but I just couldn’t get into it. The second book just came out. I’m not going to read it. My recommendation is a READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.

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Hunted by Meagan Spooner I listented to this on Audibles and well and I really liked it. The narrator was a little breathy and not my favorite to listen to at first but I still really really enjoyed it. It is a retelling a Beauty and the Beast but the story is completely different. I would definitely recommend this one. YES!

Thanks for READING!

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Hunted by Meagan Spooner

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Title: Hunted

Author: Meagan Spooner

Published: March 14th 2017 by HarperTeen

Genre: Young Adult, Fairytale Retelling, Romance, Fantasy

Stars: 3        Content Rating: 3

Synopsis:

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

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If you love fairytale retellings then you will love this book! It really might be my favorite retelling of Beauty and the Beast yet! Honestly, the fact that Yeva means “Beauty” in the old language and is the endearment her father uses for her, and the “BEAST” are the only similarities to the movie.

A spell is upon a Prince. A Prince that is centuries old. One where he is half wolf and half man cursed to live out the rest of his eternity in misery. Half the time the Beast isn’t sure which side he is but that they war with one another for dominance. The old hunter has returned to the forest and the Beast is sure he will work to his purpose.

When Beauty is out in the woods trying to remember all her father had taught her about hunting and trying to track her father, she finds him only to fall into the Beasts trap. Does Yeva have the strength and the skill to best the Beast? Or does she learn to find magic and free him of his miserable curse?

I DID love this book. The reason I gave it 3 stars is because, as much I loved it, I will probably not read it again. I also listened to it and the narrator was hard to get used to. She was so breathy. Haha. The story line was good but there was a part that I felt dragged just a bit. Where you kinda know whats going on and for a girl that loves all of these old stories it takes her too long to figure it all out. But, like I said before, I DID really like this book!

Thanks for reading!