Review: Belle


Belle is convinced she has the wrong name, as she lacks her sisters’ awe-inspiring beauty. So she withdraws from society, devoting her time to wood carving. Secretly, Belle longs to find the fabled Heartwood Tree. If carved by the right hands, the Heartwood will reveal the face of one’s true love.

During a fierce storm, Belle’s father stumbles upon the mysterious Heartwood — and encounters a terrifying and lonely Beast. Now Belle must carve the Heartwood to save her father, and learn to see not with the eyes of her mind, but with the eyes of her heart.

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Information:
Source: (Paperback, 224 pages) provided by publisher
Published: November 25th 2008 by Simon Pulse
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Author: Cameron Dokey
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Mini review:

I love Beauty and the Beast! The movie is coming out this month, and I can’t wait to watch it! When I found out about this retelling, I was so eager to get my hands on it! Huge thanks to Simon Pulse for giving me a copy free of charge. (Anything related to Beauty and the Beast, I need. Yes, I’m a bit obsessed ) Okay, to be honest, I read Robin McKinley’s retelling of Beauty and the Beast, so I was expecting a bit more from this retelling. Belle is a fun read but isn’t wholly original. Everything seems to remind me of McKinley’s “beauty”! It also took a long time for the Beast to be introduced. (What happened to “Beauty and the Beast?) But, nevertheless, I still enjoyed Belle. I love that the mother in Belle doesn’t die and that’s a nice twist i enjoyed. Also, I literally read the entire book in one setting and was absolutely hooked. I love that I was able to hold on till the end. I loved the first half of the book! 

Review: Ever The Hunted

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

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Source: Hardcover (392 pages) provided by publisher

Published December 27th 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
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When I first laid my eyes on the cover of Ever The Hunted, I was totally in love! Then, I read the summary, and I knew I need to get my greedy hands on this title.
This novel started out really well, but I couldn’t bring myself to fully love it. The beginning and end were great, but the middle section was a bit too long and draggy. The travel was just WAY to long. Also, the romance was extremely frustrating!
However, I did like some aspects of the book! I LOVE Enat’s personality! She’s a stubborn old lady who is just so lovable! She totally made me laugh! The main character, Britta, is also a very great character to follow. In addition, I really enjoyed the ending. I finally get to see some more action. Yahh! But, just to warm you, there’s a cliffhanger! In the end,I’m pretty satisfied, the ending made up for all the things I disliked. I will definitely read the sequel!

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Get to know the author:

With a B.A. in English, Erin Summerill had aspirations to write the next great American novel. But writing proved tougher than she first thought, so she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional wedding photographer. When she isn’t writing, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. Erin and her family live in Utah.

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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!