Review: The Imposter Queen

Sixteen-year-old Elli was only a child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic in service of her people. The only life Elli has known has been in the temple, surrounded by luxury, tutored by magic-wielding priests, preparing for the day when the queen perishes—and the ice and fire find a new home in Elli, who is prophesied to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.
But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.
Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between her love for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must choose the right side before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.
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Information:

Source: (Hardcover, 432 pages) provided by publisher 

Published: January 5th 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Rating: 5/5

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The Impostor Queen is a very engaging and fast-paced read that will take you on an unforgettable journey. I love the whole plot and thoroughly enjoyed flipping each page.
This book takes readers to the world of Elli, the “chosen one”. Ever since she was little, she was trained to be a great queen with the power to wield ice and fire. However, her powers don’t come. And *poof*, the story begins, taking readers on an exciting ride.
The main character, Elli is such a relatable and self-scarifying gal. I love her compassion for her people and her determination. Oskar is also such a great character. I adore his relationship with Elli. He clearly cares about her a lot. The romance is just perfect.
I love this book SO much! I can’t even put it into words. I read this entire book in one setting and boy, I want more

Review: Dreamland Burning


Some bodies won’t stay buried.

Some stories need to be told. 


When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family’s property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past… and the present.


Nearly one hundred years earlier, a misguided violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what’s right the night Tulsa burns.


Through intricately interwoven alternating perspectives, Jennifer Latham’s lightning-paced page-turner brings the Tulsa race riot of 1921 to blazing life and raises important question about the complex state of US race relations – both yesterday and today.

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Information:

Source: ARC provided by publisher

Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Rating: 5/5

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Dreamland Burning will probably be one of my favorite books of the year! I love history and to have a book blending history and mystery together is just perfect. I hardly see these kinds of books in YA, so I was super excited to get an advanced copy of Dreamland Burning. Boy, this book will not disappoint. 
Dreamland Burning takes readers to two different worlds and two perspectives. In the present day, there’s Rowan, and in 1921, we have William. Both sides of the story were really interesting, but I found William the most intriguing! When I first met William, I was really annoyed by his racial prejudice, but he soon changes. How? Read the book to find out! Rowan is a pretty great character too. She discovers a skeleton in her home and endeavors on a journey to find who it belongs to. Meanwhile, in William’s perspective, he gives readers information about the past and what happened during this time that led to a dead person(and the skeleton). 
This fast-paced novel is motivating, fun and will pull out every emotion from you. I definitely recommend this book to readers! 

Blog tour: Empress of a Thousand Skies review+giveaway

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Empress
Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.
Fugitive
Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he’s forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation – and his life.
Madman
With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.A saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy.
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My Thoughts:
   The Empress of the Moon is one of my most anticipated 2017 read! So, I was super ecstatic that I got an ARC! Not only is the cover gorgeous, but the story itself is also quite fun!
 However, one thing that extremely bothered me is fact that “Rhee and Aly” aren’t “thrown together”! I was expecting this amazing met up and some romance between the two characters. But, NO! They don’t interact at all! Say good-bye to Rhee and Aly ships, you guys. It doesn’t happen(well, not in this book that and probably the next) as both Rhee and Aly have their own crushes. This was a huge let down for me! In addition, I found the concept of the story a bit cliché. After all it’s about a princess trying to avenge her families death. Doesn’t that sound familiar?
Nevertheless, Empress of a Thousand Skies is still a very fun and action packed novel. Some parts of Empress of a Thousand Skies are very surprising and I really liked the twists. I found the technology extremely intriguing! I love science fiction, so in that aspect, I am very content.
Rhee is also a very relatable character! She’s super determined to avenge her family’s death. I really enjoy her perspective of the story. I’m glad that the author doesn’t make her perfect. She makes mistakes and that’s what makes her real!
Since the book is told in two perspectives, readers also get to meet Aly. To be honest, I couldn’t really get into his side of the story. Sometimes, I would find myself wanting to skip his perspectives and just read Rhee’s. I do like books with several perspectives, so I like the dual POV! Sadly, I found that confusing because there are so many things happening at once.
To sum it up, if you’re  looking for a fun, action packed book (that may or may not have some disappointing moments),I would totally suggest this one!
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3.5/5 Stars
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Rhoda Belleza was raised in Los Angeles, where she grew up writing X-Filesfanfiction and stuffing her face with avocados. She’s a children’s editor at a publishing house and writes from a sunny Brooklyn apartment stuffed with far too many bikes and far too many shoes. When she’s not writing, Rhoda obsesses over nail art tutorials, watches kung fu movies, and sews together crooked things that pass for clothes. Empress of a Thousand Skies is her debut novel. Follow her on Twitter @rhodabee.
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Week One:
2/6 – Brittany’s Book Rambles – Guest Post
2/6 – Bibliophile Gathering – Review
2/6 – Seeing Double in Neverland – Mood Board
2/7 – Tales of a Ravenous Reader – Excerpt
2/7 – In Wonderland – Review
2/8 – Across the Words – Character Fan Casting
2/8 – Novel Ink – Review
2/8 – Bookling Critics – Review
2/9 – The Young Folks – Interview
2/9 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Review
2/10 – Butter My Books – Book Look
2/10 – Ex Libris – Review
2/10 – My Friends Are Fiction – Guest Post
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2/13 – Stories & Sweeties – Empress Cupcakes
2/13 – What Sarah Read – Guest Post
2/13 – MundieMoms – Review
2/14 – YA Wednesdays – Character Fashion
2/14 – Fiction Fare – Review
2/15 – Once Upon a Twilight – Favorite Quotes
2/15 – The Books Buzz – Review
2/15 – Take Me Away to a Great Read – Review
2/16 – The Bookish Traveler – Empress Trailer
2/16 – Bookworm Everlasting – Review
2/17 – The Forest of Words and Pages – Like/Try/Why
2/17 – The Paige Turner – Interview
2/17 – Fangirlish – Review
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Review: Traveler

Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles…Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it… this Jessa is going to live. 

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Rating 3.5/5 stars

Source: ARC provided by publisher

Published: February 7th 2017 by Swoon Reads

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Traveler is a fun and engaging book that carries you into a very interest world. I really liked the main character Jessa. She’s very caring, smart and funny. Finn is also a very great character! Although there are actually several Finn’s(lol). Pirate Finn’s the best! The story itself however, was okay.
I love the fact that this book takes place where parallel universes exists. Each time she traveled, she became another “Jessa” and met another Finn. I loved how she almost becomes another person! However, as I reader, I’m enraged! She basically makes out with a different person every time she travels. I have a feeling, the author’s going to create this love triangle. But it just doesn’t work! Then, at times, I feel like Jessa’s extremely annoying, because she ignores her best friend for no reason! Best friend, for goodness sakes! In addition, I felt like there were too many holes in the story! The traveling to each universe was extremely confusing. 
Overall, this book is okay! It was fun, kept be pretty entertained(but also annoyed). If you want, give this book a chance. You never know!

Review: First and Then

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Devon Tennyson wouldn’t change a thing. She’s happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon’s cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn’t want them: first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights in this contemporary novel about falling in love with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.

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Source: (Hardcover, 272 pages) provided by publisher
Published: October 13th 2015 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Rating:5/5 Stars

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First and Then takes readers on one wonderful ride that will definitely make you smile and laugh! Emma Mills did an excellent job executing this story. This book held my attention right from the start and didn’t let go! I literally read the whole book in one setting. Each character had his or her own story which made this novel super fun. 

I absolutely love each an every character! The main character, Devon is so snarky and has so much sass! I absolutely love her! She makes me laugh and giggle so hard. 

Then, there’s the best friend and potential love interest. Cas is Devon’s best friend and is such a sweet heart! There relationship is so cute! However, Devon has this secret crush in Cas, which makes the story even more interesting! Next, there’s Ezra, the all American football player. His future seems to be all bright and perfect, but he also has a story of his own. He’s too is one of my favorite characters! He is good-looking but isn’t very good with words. This makes him so CUTE! He has such a hard time describing his feelings and thoughts that Devon feels like he doesn’t care about anything. I LOVE HIS CHARACTER! 

First and Then is a must read! It’s sweet, funny and utterly enjoyable. It will make you smile, laugh and possibly cry! 

Review: This Is Our Story


Summary:

Five went in. Four came out.
No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.
Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the district attorney’s office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.
Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As investigates with Stone, the aging prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot, she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own.

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Information:

Source: (Hardcover, 320 pages) from publisher

Published: November 15th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion

Rating:5/5

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Review:

This is Our Story is so suspenseful and will literally keep you on the edge of your seat. The author did on outstanding job with the anticipation and build up! This book kept me guessing and guessing until…the end.
This book takes readers to a small town of Belle Terre, where secrets are built and will soon be revealed! There lives Kate, a high school intern working for the court house. How cool is that! Then one morning, five boys (also known as the River Point boys) go hunting but only four come back. Who killed the fifth one? None of the River Point boys spill anything. Soon, Kate is tangled into this big mess, trying to uncover the murder.
I love this book! One thing I just have to point out, is the beautiful cover! I love how there are five shadows that portray the five boys.
Kate is such a great character! She’s so determined and I love her perseverance and strong!

I also love love love the romance! Eek! So surprising and swoon worthy! Ugh, you HAVE to read this book.
Another thing that made this novel wonderful is the fact that the author includes the interviews and interrogations. This is SUCH a great way to get to know each character! I also love the different POV! Usually, I don’t like the different POVs, but Ashely made it work! Love it!
If you are looking for suspenseful and thrilling read, be sure to chose this one!

Review: How to Disappear

Summary:

This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessed—or committed?—and the boy who’s sent to kill her.
Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And she’s pretty sure she can get away with anything…until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near Nicolette’s house. Which is why she has to disappear.
Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight A’s and athletic trophies can’t make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find this ruthless Nicolette Holland and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price.
As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions—and attractions—run high. Told in alternating voices, this tightly plotted mystery and tense love story challenges our assumptions about right and wrong, guilt and innocence, truth and lies.

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Source: Hardcover, 416 pages from publisher

Published: June 14th 2016 by Simon Pulse

Rating: 4/5

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How to Disappear is a wild murder mystery that takes you on one long journey. This book was very easy to get into and grab your attention immediately. The characters are very real and fun to tag along with. And i love how the author mixes romance into this mystery, the romance makes it so much more gripping.
This book is told in two sides, Nicolette and Jackson. I love how the author blends the story together through the two protagonists. The mystery is great! While the romance is also very sweet.
The only problem i have is the length of the book. Remember how I once said that it was a long journey, well i wasn’t kidding. I felt that the plot was a bit dragged on and long. But it was still face paced enough for a thriller.
Overall, this book is pretty good. The ending was very surprising. If you are looking for an engaging thriller, this is the one for you.