Review: The Moonstone (Enchantment, #1)


Fear, love… and betrayal; that’s what I feel about my new life.
It’s a life I never asked for, at least not like that.
I certainly dreamed of adventure, of escaping from my ordinary life, but nothing prepared me for what would happen when my normal life flipped upside down.
On that fateful day, a witch, a real one, revealed to me that I’m not human! That’s right, I, Lou Mills, am an enchanter like her! It seems that I’m the key to an ancient prophecy and that I must save the world from the imminent war between humans and enchanters. What waits makes no sense; in fact, nothing seems to make sense to me since meeting her.
And then there’s this man…dark and mysterious…but so attractive. If only I could forget him. Duality is the way the Earth remains in balance, black and white, right and wrong, love and hate. What side should I fight for when the war finally breaks out? How to choose between my family…and the people who I belong to?

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Published: February 21st 2016 by Amazon direct publishing

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Source: paperback (343 pages) provided by author

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Review:

I am so blown away with this book! Seriously, if The Moonstone isn’t on your TBR, you are so loosing out.

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The characters are all awesome. I adore reading about Lou. She can be such a strong and bold character. I enjoy being in her head although, she can be childish at times. But who cares!? The magic and mythology totally makes up for it. Flicka is a very fun character as well. Her passion of fashion is too cute! Black is also such an interesting character. He is so mysterious and arrogant. I hate him but also love him at the same time. His relationship with Lou is also super entertaining.

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The plot is AMAZING!! I love all the twists and turns–so unexpected but all together fantastic! I was so surprised that there is also a bit of mythology in The Moonstone. Ahhh I love it!! I especially adore the ending. I seriously couldn’t put the book down. There was so much revealed that I literally read it twice to make sure what I was reading was true! It was SO intense and engrossing.
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To sum it all up, if you are looking for a magical adventure, be sure to pick The Moonstone. This beauty will not disappoint!!

Review: The Disappearances


What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home–and the place where Juliet grew up.

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together–scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream–vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible–and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone’s secrets for long before it starts giving them up.

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Author: Emily Bain Murphy

Published: July 4th 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Source: ARC provided by publisher

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Review:

AHHH!! I adore this book. Did you know that there are components of Shakespeare in The Disappearances? I love it!

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The story is absolutely amazing. Its a bit haunting, captivating and suspenseful all mixed into one. I adore the variants, magic and mystery. I read this beauty all in one setting–it’s so good!

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To sum it all up, I would so very much recommend The Disappearances. I can’t wait to read more of Emily’s works.

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Review: The Hundredth Queen


As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.
But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.

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Information:

Rating: 4/5 Stars
Source: Paperback (300 pages)
Expected publication: June 1st 2017 by Skyscape

 

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Review:

Heart-pounding. Intriguing. Exciting. Stunning. Swoon-worthy. These are only some of the adjectives to describe this lovely book, The Hundredth Queen. If you don’t have this book on your TBR, you are totally losing out!

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I enjoyed this book SO much. The main character, Kalinda is so fearless, strong and smart. I love following her along this story. The plot is super fun and suspenseful. Everything is mapped out so well. The romance is also just too sweet. The only thing I had trouble with, is that I found The Hundredth Queen a bit too similar to The Wrath and Dawn. But the great thing is, many aspects are different and The Hundredth Queen has its only special elements.

I also thoroughly enjoyed all the twists and turns and all the secrets that are revealed in the plot. I totally saw some of them coming, but some of them totally took me by surprise. I can’t wait for the sequel!

**********Huge thanks to Skyscape for sending me an advanced copy!***********

 

Review: Song of the Current


Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

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Author:  Sarah Tolcser

Published: June 6th 2017 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Source: ARC provided by publisher

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Review:

I almost DNF this one. I started this one a few weeks ago and read like 70 pages but couldn’t get into it. It wasn’t boring but wasn’t all too engaging. But then, my friends started gushing about it, so I was like, “why not give this book another try?”. Boy, I am glad I continued because I adore this story!! The characters and magic is all super fun and awesome. I totally ship Caro and Tarquin. Their romance is so adorable!

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I adore Caro! She’s strong, feisty, sassy, energetic–and basically everything you could ever love about a character. I love how devoted and caring she is about the people she loves.

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To sum it all up, although Song of the Current may have some slow points, it should still be on my TBR! After all, pirates, romance, magic, adventure—who can ask for more?!

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Review: The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes

1910. Joanna Blalock’s keen mind and incredible insight lead her to become a highly-skilled nurse, one of the few professions that allow her to use her finely-tuned brain. But when she and her ten-year-old son witness a man fall to his death, apparently by suicide, they are visited by the elderly Dr. John Watson and his charming, handsome son, Dr. John Watson Jr. Impressed by her forensic and deductive skills, they invite her to become the third member of their deductive team.

Caught up in a Holmesian mystery that spans from hidden treasure to the Second Afghan War of 1878-1880, Joanna and her companions must devise an ingenious plan to catch a murderer in the act while dodging familiar culprits, Scotland Yard, and members of the British aristocracy. Unbeknownst to her, Joanna harbors a mystery of her own. The product of a one-time assignation between the now dead Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler, the only woman to ever outwit the famous detective, Joanna has unwittingly inherited her parents’ deductive genius.

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Source: Hardcover (320 pages) provided by publisher

Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Minotaur Books

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Review:

When I first laid my eyes on The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes, I was more or less like…

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The cover is so pretty & the synopsis totally drew me in. I knew I had to read this book! And boy, did I enjoy this little adventure!!

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I really love the characters. Everything worked so well. I adore the idea of a romance between Watson’s son and Sherlock’s secret daughter. It’s so cute! Following this story is also super fun and enjoyable. I adore Joanna and how smart & clever she is. She reminds me so much of Sherlock! Fans of Watson and Sherlock should definitely check out this spin-off!

 

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Review: When Dimple Met Rishi 

 

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

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Published: May 30th 2017 by Simon Pulse

Rating: 5/5 stars

Source: ARC provided by publisher

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Review:

Sweet. Adorable. Funny. Ahh it’t everything you can ever ask for!!! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and devoured it all in one setting.

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I love how nerdy Dimple and Rishi are. ITS SO CUTE!! They are literally perfect for one another. But my favorite character is probably Dimple. Not only is her name the cutest but she’s also super witty and feisty. She also creates some very hilarious scenes. I especially love the part when Dimple first meets Rishi…

I need more from Dimple and Rishi!! I sure hope their’s a sequel. Be sure to add When Dimple Met Rishi to your TBR if it’s not already on your list.

Review: I Believe in a Thing Called Love


Desi Lee knows how carburetors work. She learned CPR at the age of five. As a high school senior, she has never missed a day of school and has never had a B in her entire life. She’s for sure going to Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation-magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Rules for True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and fake car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

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Rating: 5/5 Stars

Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Publication date: May 30th 2017

Source: paperback ARC provided by publisher

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Review:

OMG!! I need more! I believe in a thing called love is such an adorable and hilarious complementary. It’s also a bit embarrassing to read sometimes, as Desi does some very crazy and amusing things in order to complete her list.

I adore all the characters and the diversity in this book. The main character, Desi is one of my favorites. She is so clumsy and cute!! She is also super smart and likes to be in control of everything. She is such a relatable character—love it!! Desi’s dad is so way to lovable. He is just so caring and supportive! In addition, Desi’s friends are super fun too. I love their bond. So basically, I just want to hug all the characters.

Now for the romance, it was——

I love love love Luca. The relationship between Desi and Luca is just the cutest. To sum it all up, if I believe in a thing called love isn’t on your TBR, you are SO loosing out!