》Six of Crows《

 

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…


A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
 

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Rating: 5/5

Source : Socialbookco (harcover)

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I often hear people gushing and talking about the amazing Six of Crows, saying that the ending was so unexpected and that it’s so great. Well, they weren’t kidding! Six of Crows is wholly original and filled with twists and turns that will make you wanting more! I was literally on the edge of my seat, flipping and flipping pages, helplessly looking to find out what will happen. Now what is this great book about anyway?

Six of Crows is a fantastic book that takes readers to a magical and dangerous world. There are six main characters but five perspectives that the author uses to tell her suspenseful story. The characters: Kaz, the leader and head schemer;Ineji, the wraith; Jesper, the amazing sharper shooter; Nina, the heartrender (which is someone who had the ability to alter the rate of the heart); Matthias and Wylan. The story starts when Kaz is given an impossible assignment (not spoiling it). And this leads Kaz to choose his companions, Ineji, Jesper, Nina, Matthias and Wylan. Then *poof* the story begins!

 

This book is wonderful! Also, just to let you know, you don’t need to read the previous books to understand this standalone dulogy. The story is super fast paced and is like a labyrinth!  The author also loves to tease her reader! There is little to no romance. I feel like she is constantly teasing me, writing lines like:

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“Stay,” she panted. Tears leaked from her eyes.”Stay till the end.”

“And after,” he said. “And always.”


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 Ugh! I need more! On the other hand, I would say that the chemistry is very natural and not forced. I can’t wait to start book 2! Also, there is a cliffhanger. Boy, this is so frustrating! 

If you are looking for a simple read, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK! This book requires your full attention, or you will miss the plot. The story is very complicated and deep. Each character has a back story, so if you want to fully comprehend the story, please read with full attention. This book will also bring out so many emotions. (you might even cry:)



My favorite character would be Nina! She is SO cool and kind. I love her relationship with Matthias. Matthias is awesome! He is such an interesting character. He is so heartbroken and loveable. I love his perspectives! He has a lot of emotions bottled up, and so it was nice to see him change and develop. For those of you who’ve read this, whose your favorite? 

 My only complaint about the book is the beginning. It was relatively slow. But the reader does need to get use to the setting and characters. So the different perspectives were definitely helpful. I love all the perspectives so much!

 

 

Would I recommend it? Yes, totally. This book is phenomenal Six of Crows is filled with heist and cool magic. At first, I was afraid that the back and forth of characters would be confusing, but I was wrong. The author has a way to make it work. For those who haven’t read it, please read it. You will fall in love! If you are interested in getting a copy,  Socialbookco  helps readers find the lowest prices of books. Thank you Socialbookco for giving me the opportunity to read this lovely book!

 

One of my favorite lines to end my review:

“Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won’t matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.”

》The Lovely Reckless《


I’ve become an expert at avoiding things that could hurt me—which means I will figure out how to stay away from Marco Leone.
Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.
Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?
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Hardcover: 384 pages

Published: October 4th 2016 by Imprint

Source: Finished copy from publisher 

Rating: 4/5 stars

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The lovely Reckless is a sweet cliche novel about a troubled girl and bad boy. Frankie, the good girl is struggling to cope after witnessing the brutal murder of her boyfriend, Noah. Her constant flash backs and memories causes her to become “reckless”. The next thing you know, she’s at a new school. There, she meets Marco, your typical “bad boy”, with a past. 

I did enjoy The Lovely Reckless. I enjoyed some of the thought provoking lines. Also, it’s very well written and super sweet. The book made my heart melt.

On the other hand, the book is super cliche, so, I would totally expect this book to be on Wattpad of so sort. I was expecting a lot more then just the typical bad boy and good girl story. If you like cliche, this is the one for you! In addition, the ending is too brief and was super abrupt. When other reviewers say “fast-paced”, they really mean fast, but too fast. But I still love it! Therefore, my rating would be around a 4/5 stars.

》The Red Sun and Giveaway 《

After meeting a strange dwarf in his garage and finding out his substitute English teacher is a witch, twelve-year-old Sam Baron travels through a stonefire to the magical realm of Orkney where he finally learns the truth about his past: his mother is a witch and his father is a descendant of the Norse god, Odin.

“The Red Sun” is the first book in The Legends of Orkney, the spellbinding series of adventure fantasy novels by Alane Adams. It follows Sam to the realm of Orkney where witches, wraiths, and other menacing creatures cause serious peril to the unsuspecting Sam. Now, it’s up to him to save his friends and all of Orkney from a cursed red sun. Can a young witch girl named Mavery help him?
Drawing on Norse mythology, this fantastical story will enthrall middle grade and tween readers with a taste for adventure. As Sam grapples with dark and dangerous elements from his past and confronts his own simmering anger over long ago events, “The Red Sun” sears with wild imagination and breathtaking moments. Follow “The Red Sun” for the high-flying magical ride of your life. 

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Paperback 346 pages

Published: August 4th 2015 by Sparkpress (first published June 11th 2014

Source: A paperback from author

Rating: 4/5

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The Red Sun is an adventurous and exciting read about a seeming normal boy, Sam, who turns out to be half witch and half god. His parent’s relationship is forbidden in their world, so, they take Sam to the mortal world. There, he grows up and not realizing the truth behind his parents. He believes that his dad left his mom and himself. Then, one day, his teacher is said to be turned into a frog, a dwarf shows up at his home and his friends are taken by a witch. This is where the story begins! 

This book is the perfect bed time story! That is probably why it is labeled for middle grade and not young adult. However, I believe that even adults would enjoy and want more from this series. The book is quite suspenseful, for Sam is to make a choice that will determine the future of many. I enjoyed this book. However, at some points, there are too many fast paced moments. It gets annoying and too intense. If there were a few more quieter scenes, that would have made the book even better. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed The Red Sun. And if you are looking for a fun bed time read, this is the one for you. 

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》The Homecoming and Giveaway 《


It’s been a year since John lost his girlfriend, Leah, to suicide. Living with his uncle keeps his mind from the tragedy and his screwed up family—until he gets into trouble and a judge sends him back home. With a neglectful mother and abusive brother, John’s homecoming is far from happy.

As he tries to navigate and repair the relationships he abandoned years ago, Emily, the girl next door, is the only bright spot. She’s sweet and smart and makes him think his heart may finally be healing. But tragedy isn’t far away, and John must soon face an impossible decision: save his family or save himself.

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Information:

Paperback 288 pages

Published: November 1st 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire

Rating: 4/5

Source: Arc copy from publisher

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 The Homecoming isn’t about a dance but the actual Homecoming of the main character. I found the title really neat and creative! It immediately drew me in! 

The book takes you to the world of John—a troubled boy-dealing with his inner demons. Kicked out of his home at a young age, he deals with his anger and sorrow by taking drugs and alcohol. Also, he suffers several tragedies that take a big toll on him. 

The book mainly focuses on coping with tragedies and heartache. I enjoyed reading most of the author’s story. It is very sad but heartwarming, because you see John grow as a brother and son. Since I personally can’t relate to certain stories and this is one reason why I enjoyed The Homecoming. These types of books show you a different perspective. 

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Praise for The Homecoming

“A stirring close-up of a family haunted by emotional trauma.” — Kirkus Reviews
“The overall message of relying on family and friends for support is clear, and John’s pain and confusion are palpable… the male point of view distinguishes it in a field crowded with girls’ perspectives. VERDICT: A solid addition to YA collections.” — School Library Journal
“This engaging story will appeal to all readers and will help troubled teens realize that there can be help out there for what’s going on in their lives.” — School Library Connection