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2 Mini Reviews: Alcatraz (book 2) & Infinite (book 3)


Since these are later on books and I don’t want to spoil I decided to put them together in one easy review.

ALCATRAZ VENUS THE SCRIVENER’S BONES by Brandon Sanderson (Alcatraz-2)

5/5

I highly enjoyed this second book. I missed Grandpa Smedry since it was missing for majorly of the book. Which is why Alcatraz along with some new family members, along with Bastille with her mother. Along with that we have more Smedry talents which just seem more and more ridicules. But I love meeting these Oculator’s and seeing what there talent really is.

Am also glad to learn that Alcatraz is not as dumb as he seemed at first. He does have his momens were he says stupid things where Bastille loves to point out to him. However in this book there was plenty of puzzle like situation that he figured out. Along with that we get introduced to a new character that I don’t think I’ll like much.
excited for the next book and ready to see Smedry’s home base. Something I can look for to is finding more oculator’s, along with some hire dark Oculator hit man, and great humor. From Alcatraz cutting in with side commentary to the characters.

INFINITE by Jodi Meadows (book 3 Newsouls)

I give the whole series a 5 stars.

The whole trilogy makes me smile. The character growth especially Ana. I love how she went from a person who didn’t trust people thanks to her upbringing. To following in love  and making friends. Another great thing about this book is that there isn’t a love triangle. It has mystery, adventure, along with mystic creatures. This book was more dark then the other two books with heartbreaking deaths. It hurts because you’ve had two books ahead of this one to fall in love with them then gone. Also there was a lot of ups and downs in Sam and Ana’s relationship. However they just grown from that and I really really want a Sam in my life.

The ending was really satisfying, and glad that I finally got to the end. It ended where I wanted to and excited for other books by Jodi Meadows.

I loved both books and recommended to read both series. Until next time book friends happy reading.

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Book Review: Alcatraz Venus the Evil Librarian


Author: Brandon Sanderson

Series: Alcatraz-1

Genre: middle school/fantasy/YA/humor

Format: Audible from Overdrive

Rating: 5/5

This is my first Brandon Sanderson book and I finished this book in one day, because its really good book. This is  about a 13 foster boy Alcatraz who on his birthday gets a gift form his parents. One that apparently contain his inheritance that end up being sand. With the gift brings so unexpected surprise is gets introduced to his Grandpa Smedry, cousins, and some evil people called Librarians. Now Alcatraz is on a adventure to recollect his inheritance from the Librarian and understand what it means to be Smedry.
I love Alcatraz and how sarcastic and how he breaks into the story to tell us why he wrote what he did. I also love how he doesn’t claim himself a hero, or a good guy. Alcatraz has a bad habit of breaking things which apparently is a gift then anything else. So now Alcatraz is on a adventure with his unknown family to stop the Librarians from taking over and learning to control his talent.

I listened to this via audiobook which is such a great experience, because Charlie McWade brings all the witty characters to life for me. All the side characters keep the story interest along with their schemes. Slowly learning there stories is interesting and makes me love them more. Also for how short this book that there is mystery and adventure which makes me excited for the next book more.I loved this first book and it took me by surprise. I don’t always read middle grade however this one I will be continue. It also helps that the audio was only 6 hours which meant I could finish it in one day.

So now onto the next book am so going to be marathoning  this series I just know it. Which is funny since I have so many other series I need to start/continue/or finish. However no regrets

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Book Review: The Kiss of Deception 


By: Mary E. Pearson

Series: the remnant chronicles #1

Page Count: 486

Format: hardback/audible 

Publisher: Henry Holt

Summary: “Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born.” Is a good summary for the book. 

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love. 

5/5 

(Spoiler Free)

Thoughts:

 I enjoyed this book a lot. I loved how strong Lia was leaving, breaking tradition. Even if it had a prince and assassin chasing after her without her knowledge. The whole trying to figure out who’s who drove me crazy. Trying to tell by the what they said or how they acted didn’t tell me anything. Which I give Pearson mad props for and think she did it beautiful. 

Arabella or Lia herself is strong character. Who knows what she wants and doesn’t care if it goes with tradition. She doesn’t take things laying down which is super cool. I think it helps that she has older brothers. Lia goes on a unexpected journey that made her see things and learn more about herself. 

The friendships in these book is also done very well. How loyal Paulina is to Lia because she didn’t have to come along however chose to stick with Lia. Then we have Berdi and Gwyneth that soon formed a sisterhood of sorts between the women. They weren’t some weaklings either they were all strong in there own right. 

Then we have the boys Kaden and Rafe which in the beginning didn’t have a rival really. I call it healthy male competition. They both was ready to hate Lia and stay that way. However she charmed them to think differently of her.

Then we have the romance which was really nice actual. For it was a love triangle however it wasn’t. Lia figured who she wanted pretty quickly and even though some things did happen with the other one she kept to her original. My fear is though it will change in the second book because it’s happened before and it’ll probably bum me out. 

The different places like Terravan the sleepy fishing town that is Paulina’s hometown, and a safe haven for the girls. To the Vagabound who are gypsies who travel and help those who need it. Then at the end we get to see Kaden’s hometown of Venda which is also has Komizar which is one bad S.O.B. 

Some things did bug me in this book like when she finds out who Kaden is she blows up on him. However when Rafe comes out in the end she didn’t seem to react. Pretty much just glad that he came for her. The whole gift thing bugged me as well. Why can’t she just be a regular girl who can do amazing things. But know we have the whole mother helped her repress it, and a prophecy about her as well. Also I don’t like the fact that Lia lied to Paulina I understand but I don’t like it. Because it will come back and bite her in the butt i just can feel it. Lastly I don’t like the customs that are placed on girls in royal families. That’s why I love she rebellious nature.

The pacing was in the middle of being to slow or quick especially in the beginning. Now am really excited to see what happens in the second book. I’ve heard it’s even better than this first book which I’ll just have to wait and see. 

Have anyone else read this if so let me know what you thought in the comments. 

T5W:Favorite First Liners


First liners are important because it can make or break if a person wants to read it or not. For people like me who only glimpse at that summary then open the book to see if its something that you want to read. If not then it goes right back on the shelf. So here are some first liners that kept me interest to keep reading.

“My name is Lizzy Tucker, and I used to think I was normal.”

-from Wicked by Janet Evanovich

“When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home”

-from The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

“Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born.”

-The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

“A stabbing pain jolts me awake.”

-from Alive by Scott Sigler

“I’m pretty much fucked”

-from The Martin by Andy Weir

So these are some of my favorite book first liners that I have come across in my reading life. Of course there more, because there will always be more to read them from. So my fellow book lovers have any favorite first liners let me know which ones they are. Until next time🙂

Top Ten Tuesday


Topic:Books Where the Character Hate Each Other at First Site aka my favorite troupe ever. 

I love this topic because it deals with one of my favorite kind of romances. Don’t ask me why but I simply love how to people from wanting to punch you in the face to kissing it. So here’s my favorite top ten books that goes along those lines. 

(1)

The Bride by Julie Garwood. A Scotsman male vs. English women with a marriage bargain the battle was epic. 

(2)

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. Oh I well never forget Tuckers and  Clara’s meeting and how it pretty much went down from there for awhile. 

(3)

Luxe series (the first two books) by Jennifer L. Armentrout. So much chemistry and no where to put it. I also loved how it didn’t resolve itself in the first book but carried on to the next. 

(4)

Angelfall by Susan Ee. A angel whose had his wings taken, and a girl harden by her circumstances both going on a journey. Sounds fun right. 

(5)

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. Oh Perry and Aria from two different worlds ,have no trust, yet work together. Loved. 

(6)

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong between the Keeper and a guard who alway dig at each other. I loved their parts the most. 

(7)

Touch of Power by Maria V. Synder. This just shows that you can’t just tell a women she has to do anything. Because like Avry will show strong defiance toward you. 

(8)

In death by J.D. Robb aka McNab and Peabodys beginning. There whole relationship was one up and down that I loved every minute of. 

(9)

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry the brother edition to this question. Benny hates his older brother for his parents death.  But they went on a journey and both learned to trust and love each other.

(10)

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. Yes it has Twlight elements in it but I don’t care I loved how Patch and Nora. They both turned that distrust into something more solid. 

There you go my top Hate to Love relationships that I’ve read. I want more already. so if you know anymore good onces let me know and I’ll try them out. 

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Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn


Page Count: 365

format: paperback

Publisher: speck

Rating: 4/5

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Violet is thrilled when her father’s new painting commission means a summer trip to Japan. But what starts as an exotic vacation quickly turns sour when a priceless sketch by van Gogh is stolen from her father’s client and held ransom for a painting by the artist. The problem is that nobody knows where the painting is hidden, and until they find it, all their lives are in danger.

Joined by her friend Reika, Violet searches for the missing van Gogh in a quest that takes her from the Seattle Art Museum to the yakuza-infested streets of Tokyo to a secluded inn in Kyoto. As the mystery deepens, Violet’s not sure whom she can trust. But she knows one thing: she has to find the painting and the criminals–before it’s too late.

There is so much to enjoy about this book. It has a art heist, travel to another country and learn about there culture. It has friendship, small amount of romance, and some character growth.

Points that I loved was:

  • I love my heist book and the mystery behind the whole who, what, where, and why.
  • I loved that Violet traveled to Tokyo and learned about the traditions, and the culture.
  • I loved the way Violet’s thought process works. How being artist helped her see clues and drawing out what’s happening helped.
  • I love the Yamada’s they where the grandparents in the book.
  • I loved that they didn’t just push Violets ideas aside they listened and let her help. Being young has its advantages to seeing something that most adults look over.
  • All the art stuff. Its not only about the drawing or painting but the different art jobs. It was fun to see how the different areas where helpful to solving the case.

I wanted more though…

I would love if there was more moments between Violet and her dad. There is plenty of scenes where he messes up that I want to throw my book. However there is just snippets and one good talk toward the end and that’s it. Also her mother was never present. Sure she was away in her own country however no contact I don’t get.

Also the romance was a beginning and end thing since the whole middle was mystery. I didn’t mind this however I just wanted more conversation instead of it just being based on long time chemistry.

Other than that I really loved this book. It has a lot going for it  so if you like art heist where its based in another country this is your book. With a teen detective with her best friend. So if you like Heist Society by Ally Carter you will love this one. And if you’ve read this book and want another book similar read Heist Society.

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Pokémon Go Book Tag


Creator: Read At Midnight

So to celebrate the fact that the #READTHEMALLTHON starts tomorrow here’s a tag that goes along with the Pokemon theme. Here we go:

STARTER: the book that started your love of reading. I’ve always had a love of books since I was a kid. So trying to pick one book is super hard and makes my head hurt.

PIKACHU: and ironic classic that you’ll always love. While most people will say Harry Potter my is Little Women. I remember this being one of the first book I’ve read by myself so I could watch the movie.

ZUBAT: a book you lost interest in because its literally everywhere. Ever book every. Throne of Glass, and The Red Queen are to of my top choices.

DITTO: a book that reminds you of other books (tropes) but you still love anyway. Passenger and Ruby Red they have similar time traveling storylines.

SNORLAX: a book/series you have not started because of sheer size. the Bone Season is just a big book and through I’ve heard good things about it the size turns me off.

GENGAR: a book that kept you up at night. The Ask and the Answer and The Queen of the Tearling was two current reads that this happened to me.

NIDOKING/QUEEN: your bookish OTP. I love my OTPs my top one is Clara and Tucker from Unearthly.

RAPIDASH: a fire-hot, fast paced read. All Souls series by Deborah Harkness I finished those books right after the other.

EEVEE: series you’ll never get tired of seeing spin-offs for. I just want a series where my favorite side character’s  get there own stories.

MAGIKARP: a book/series that was surprisingly awesome. The Lunar Chronicles even though I haven’t finished the last book. I didn’t like Cinder and wasn’t sure I wanted to continue but so glad I did.

LEGENDARY: an overhyped series you’re still excited to read. I want to give a Court of Throne and Roses a chance since I love my retellings.

MEW & MEWTWO: a collectors edition you wish you owned. I want the Six of Crow box set because of the color pages.

POKE-EGG: a debut novel you’re excited for. Heartless because its a retelling and Marissa Meyer. Yes please.

LURE MODULE: an auto-buy author. Morgan Matson I have read all her books and can’t wait to see what else she writes.

SERVER’S DOWN: a book release you’ve been waiting on forever. Its funny I couldn’t wait for Forever Doon even though I haven’t finished second book yet. I just wanted them all together.

A Read-a-Thon that Span 3 Weeks…


READATHON

Pokémon Indigo League is a read-a-thon that goes from August 14th-Sept. 4th. Its Pokémon theme and you don’t have to know anything about Pokémon to join. For more information go to host site of Read At Midnight and to sign up.

Okay the jest of the read-a-thon there are 8 gyms (challenges) that you can compete in to get there badge. Also you get to choose a Pokémon and power them up by different ways that will help them evolve. Am going for all 8 gyms and so that means a TBR has to be made. Which could change at anytime since I have plenty of books that goes in each challenge.

First the Gyms:

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TBR: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. This might change because I have lots of first books in a series on my TBR pile.

Page Count: 486

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TBR: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay. I had to look on Goodreads to see if I had any books on my TBR to fit this challenge. A thing about me is I don’t cry reading books so this should be a fun experience.

Page Count: 434

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TBR: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. This series has so much hype behind it and there is only two books out. Should be interesting to see if I enjoy it as so many people seem to.

Page Count: 416

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TBR: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. These is funny because I’ve been meaning to read this for a good while but haven’t gotten to. So well see.

Page Count:320

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FUSCHIA GYM: Prefect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. I have been wanting to read this book forever and so now is the time to read it once and for all.

Page Count: 359

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TBR: The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan. This has gargoyles in it and set in France so sign me up. I love the concept and haven’t read a gargoyle book since switched so am excited.

Page Count: 341

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TBR: Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. I’ve been needing to read this so bad and am going to try and get it done. Should be a fun experience since I love retellings.

Page Count:388

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TBR: Blood Red Road by Moira Young. This has southern writing to it which I haven’t read before.

Page Count:459

CHOSEN POKEMON: Eevee CP: 10 EVOLUTION: 3 stages

So yeah am excited for this and getting through some of my TBR pile. All but A Court of Thorn and Roses is not part of my physical TBR so am hype for this. Plus I have Bout of Books coming so this could help with that.

Top Five Wednesday 


TOPIC: Authors You Are Waiting on Another Book From

deborah harknessDeborah Harkness

The book of Life came out in 2014. So I need a new something from her.

michelle hodkinsMichelle Hodkins

I loved the mara dyer trilogy and I know there is supposed to be a spin off but who knows when that will be.

robin laFeversRobin LaFevers

His Fair Assassin is a really good historical young adult that I really can’t wait to see what is next.

stephanie perkinsStephaine Perkins

She has written short  stories for two books that she’s edited and I just want a full length book.

markus zusakMarkus Zusak

The way he writes books he should have more books out.

I need more books from these authors though I don’t really need them on my shelves. So this was a short post but don’t worry tomorrow is a longer review. What 5 authors would you like to write more books? Let me know in the comments below.

 

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Audio Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore


Okay this may become really ranting as hell, but I can’t help it. So you have been warned.

SUMMARY: Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight – she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug. When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace – or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away…

If you’re looking for a book that is fantasy based/ with gifted people/ a kickass main character/lovable main male character/ lovable secondary characters/journey/ along with a sweet romance this is your book. So if this is your book then please read because it’s a really good fantasy book.

BACKSTORY:

In these fantasy there are seven kingdoms the three that are mainly forced are Middluns, Monsea, Lienid. In all the kingdoms there can people who are gifted or have a Graced which can be a useless or very dangerous. It’s easy to find out if your Graced by the color of your eyes which would be multicolored. If you can be useful the kingdom that you live in can put you in their service. Being Grace always makes you an outcast even if your Grace is harmless.

Katsa being Graced is anything but harmless which makes her a badass. Katsa trained hard to control of her Grace of killing. Though Katsa doesn’t like to kill even if she is labeled as her uncle’s lady killer and feared by everyone. Katsa tries to make up for it by forming an organizing that she keeps from her Uncle because he would never approve of it. The Council is a group that helps the people that the kings would not. It’s not even Katsa who does all the errands that need to be done, but it has spread to all the other kingdoms. With Katsa miss badass herself and trying not let her Grace of killing or her uncle rule her. I also enjoy how she is independent throughout the whole book and stuck to her guns.

And Prince Po of Lienid just went along with it as long as he had her. Loved that. Po is one of those main guys who are supportive of your decisions and don’t try to change your mind. Po is also Graced with a special gift that he has to hid from others. Po understand Katsa better than her other friends could even if they try. My favorite parts are when there fighting together and watching Katsa beat the heck out of him which Po takes as a champ.

 

SOME SIDE CHARACTERS:

Oll who is a spymaster and the one who helped Katsa control her Grace. Then we have Raffin who is heir to the throne who also a man of science. Giddon is a small lord who wants Katsa’s interest but to bad she can’t return them. Helda is a Grace who takes care of babies and became Katsa guide to lady things which again Katsa didn’t care for. Bitterblue princess of Monsea who is a touch girl for someone so young. The things that her and Katsa goes through makes you have mad repeat for her.

AUDIBLE VERISON:

I did a two for one with this book I listen to it while also reading the paperback. So the audible book took me a little to get used to because it was a group narrator. I learned that reading the physical book while reading didn’t work for me. So I just did one or the other and highly enjoyed it.

OVERALL:

This book has a little bit of everything from a good adventure story, friendships, lovable main and side characters, and a romance that was slow but steady. I have Fire which I found out wasn’t a continuing on Katsa’s story. Which bummed me out because I simply loved to see how Katsa and Poe turn out. However, am excited to see what Fire has to offer in after the first book.