Review: Into the Dim

 When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing. 

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Rating: 4/5 stars

Source: Hardcover, 428 pages

Published: March 1st 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers

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Review:

Into The Dim is a fun and action packed time travel book that will definitely keep you on your toes.  I really enjoyed the time travel aspect of this novel!!

This beauty caught my attention from the beginning and I couldn’t put it down till the very end. I adore how determined Hope is. Hope is also a bit awkward, which I actually like, because it makes her pretty relatable and fun to read about. I also just adore the romance between Hope and Bran. Although, I felt like the love was a bit insta-love–it’s still super cute reading about them!!

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I can’t wait to read the sequel! The ending of Into The Dim isn’t too much of a cliffhanger but I definitely want to read more to find out what happens next! Be sure to add this to your TBR if you are looking for a book with a gorgeous setting and an adventurous plot!

Review: The Wood


After her father goes missing in the woods that they protect, Winter tries to seek the truth in what happened, why the wood is changing, and what it all has to do with the arrival of a mysterious stranger in this thrilling YA debut.

When Winter’s dad goes missing during his nightly patrol of the wood, it falls to her to patrol the time portals and protect the travelers who slip through them. Winter can’t help but think there’s more to her dad’s disappearance than she’s being told.

She soon finds a young man traveling in the wood named Henry who knows more than he should. He believes if they can work together to find his missing parents, they could discover the truth about Winter’s dad.

The wood is poisoned, changing into something sinister—torturing travelers lost in it. Winter must put her trust in Henry in order to find the truth and those they’ve lost.

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Publication: August 1st 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Source: ARC provided by the publisher

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Review:

I adore The Wood! There’s a fantasy, science fiction, horror and a bit of contemporary all mixed in one–its pure amazing! Oh and I forgot, there’s also time travel. Eek!!!

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The main character, Winter is a super lovely character to follow. She’s strong, clever and has a good heart. I admire her courage and how she did not give up. I also love Henry. He’s so cute and charming! For some reason he reminded me a lot of Mr. Darcy (probably since I did another reread recently). Anyway, I feel in love with Henry instantly. It was so fun to read about his reactions to modern technology and the modern customs.

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The setting in this book was so captivating and thrilling. I love reading about the wood. It’s so creepy, magical and intriguing all mixed together. I also love how the story played out. Ahhh!!

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I seriously need more from The Wood. That is killing me. Ahh!!! If this beauty isn’t on your tbr, be sure to add it on. I can’t recommend this one more. I can’t wait to see what Chelsea write next!

Review: The Crowns of Croswald


In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic—and her life—is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.

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Expected publication: July 21st 2017 by Stories Untold

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Source: ARC kindly provided by author and publicity team

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Review:

Happy release day to The Crowns of Croswald!! I’m so excited to share with you guys this beauty. It’s so magical and so intriguing–perfect for fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. Oh, and just look at that cover–SO BEAUTIFUL!!

 

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I really enjoyed The Crowns of Croswald. The plot is very cute and whimsical. It’s super unique and I just love the atmosphere. I can’t get enough! Where is the next book??! *internally screaming*

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I also adore the characters. Ivy is such a fun character to follow. She’s spunky and so adorable. I adore her curiosity!! If this book isn’t on your TBR, be sure to add it on!!

 

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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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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