(DNF) Ruthless Magic, by Megan Crewe | {ARC} Book Review #379

I received an Advanced Reader Copy of Ruthless Magic by Megan Crewe from Another World Press, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacted my review.

In the contest to keep their magic, the only options may be die… or kill.

39718964Each year, the North American Confederation of Mages assesses every sixteen-year-old novice. Some will be chosen. The rest must undergo a procedure to destroy their magical ability unless they prove themselves in the mysterious and brutal Mages’ Exam.

Disadvantaged by her parents’ low standing, Rocío Lopez has dedicated herself to expanding her considerable talent to earn a place in the Confederation. Their rejection leaves her reeling—and determined to fight to keep her magic.

Long ashamed of his mediocre abilities, Finn Lockwood knows the Confederation accepted him only because of his prominent family. Declaring for the Exam instead means a chance to confirm his true worth.

Thrown into the testing with little preparation, Rocío and Finn find themselves becoming unlikely allies—and possibly more. But the Exam holds secrets more horrifying than either could have imagined. What are the examiners really testing them for? And as the trials become increasingly vicious, how much are they willing to sacrifice to win?


Publication Date: May 30, 2018.

I had high hopes for Ruthless Magic. There was so much I was looking forward to. However once I started reading the story I immediately realized that I only enjoyed one of the points of view (there are two POV’s).

First we read from Finn and honestly, once I knew it was a male point of view I was a little shocked. However, I hoped that there’d be a second point of view and there was! I also hoped that Finn’s story would get more interesting, instead of filling me with anxiety. Finn wanted to please his father but also have enough power like the rest of his family.

The second point of view we read from is Rocío. She’s a witch who has incredible power. I actually really like her character.

I ended up not liking this book, unfortunately. I DNF’d Ruthless Magic at 13%.

Happy Reading!
— Adele

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The Water Dragon’s Bride Volume 04, by Rei Tōma | Manga Review #38

34466644A modern-day girl gets whisked away to a strange land where she is sacrificed to a water dragon god!

In the blink of an eye, a modern-day girl named Asahi is whisked away from her warm and happy home and stranded in a strange and mysterious world where she meets a water dragon god!

Because the water dragon god wants to interact with Asahi more, he descends to the village in the guise of a human. Asahi’s friend Subaru has mixed feelings about this but joins them on a journey to the capital. What adventures are in store, and how will their fates change?


I really didn’t know what to expect before I started reading this fourth volume, because I had forgotten the details of the first few volumes. However! I’m glad that the story takes off where the third volume ended, and I’m happy that the story is as interesting as ever!

Reading Asahi’s story is immensely satisfying. Especially with how the story is progressing (like I’ve said).

gosh, there was trouble again in this fourth volume. I didn’t like seeing how one of the capital’s priestesses caused all of the trouble, but I am pretty proud of how Asahi handled it all!

I’m anticipating (and predicting) that in the next few volumes, we will see the characters that were introduced in this volume again. I’m quite sure they’ll be causing quite a bit of trouble!

I give this fourth volume, 3 stars.

Happy Reading!
— Adele

The Dragon Librarian, by Marc Secchia | Book Review #378

Blind. Outcast. Accursed. From the meanest of beginnings, greatness will rise.

Abandoned at birth by her parents, Auli-Ambar is seen as a child blighted by a callous 38201186talon-stroke of fate. A worthless burden. She is blind, severely disfigured, and fit only for the most menial tasks. Then, a simple act of kindness changes her life. Flown to the Halls of the Dragons, the painfully shy girl becomes a cleaner of Dragon roosts, and a helpless wanderer of the Dragon Library.

Here, Auli is able to walk amidst the lore she is drawn to so profoundly. Touch it. Imagine worlds within scrolls. She thrills to the hallowed scents of knowledge, but aches for what blindness has forever denied her. In the cruellest of ironies, Auli discovers she possesses a magic that makes people and Dragons forget her very existence. This is disremembrance, the accursed power of loneliness. She can only despair.

One will not forget. Deep amidst the forbidden racks of draconic scroll lore, where Auli-Ambar has unwittingly breached the protective wards, the young Dragon scholar, Arkurion the Mercury Blue, will discover her true gift and ignite its flame. Now, in the environs of a magical library overseen by the mighty Dragon Librarian Sazutharr, the extraordinary courage and integrity of a blind girl will finally be given the chance to blossom.

Little did they suspect that the fate of all Dragonkind would rest in her hands.


Trigger Warning: Abuse.

From what I recall, there are a few abuse scenes in the very beginnings of The Dragon Librarian.

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I didn’t think much of The Dragon Librarian as a book when I downloaded it. Nor did I take into account how long this book is. The Dragon Librarian is over 500 pages long, and it is one hell of a journey. Continue reading

August 2018 Books I’m Looking Forward to!

ucbrpicHello friends! It’s that time of the month, where I talk about the book publishings that I’m looking forward to next month! Since it’s July this month, the books I’m going to be talking about in this post are books that are going to be published in August.

A little note as well, my genre-of-interest’s have grown from beyond Young Adult. Well, they’ve always been beyond only YA. But there are some non-YA books I’m going to be talking about in this post as well.

Without a further ado, here are the 9 books I’m looking forward to, in August.

Are there any books on this list that you’re interested in as well? 

Enjoy!

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The School for Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani | Book Review #377

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The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.

This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.

But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?


This review has been copied and pasted from my GoodReads.

In this first book to The School for Good and Evil trilogy we see that something is definitely up with both Sophie and Agatha. The School for Good and Evil, shows us that you could look like anything, and still be portrayed in the wrong way, when your character is totally different.  Continue reading

(DNF) Has to Be Love, by Jolene Perry | {ARC} Book Review #376

I received an Advanced Reader Copy of Has to Be Love by Jolene Perry from Albert Whitman & Company, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacted my review.

26532244Years ago, Clara survived a vicious bear attack. She’s used to getting sympathetic looks around town, but meeting strangers is a different story. Yet her dreams go far beyond Knik, Alaska, and now she’s got a secret that’s both thrilling and terrifying—an acceptance letter from Columbia University. But it turns out her scars aren’t as fixable as she hoped, and when her boyfriend begins to press for a forever commitment, she has second thoughts about New York. Then Rhodes, a student teacher in her English class, forces her to acknowledge her writing talent, and everything becomes even more confusing—especially with the feelings she’s starting to have about him. Now all Clara wants to do is hide from the tough choices she has to make. When her world comes crashing down around her, Clara has to confront her problems and find her way to a decision. Will she choose the life of her dreams or the life that someone she loves has chosen? Which choice is scarier?


Publication Date: September 25, 2015.

Please note that I marked Has to Be Love as Did Not Finish (DNF) at 23%. 

Initially I had high hopes for Has to Be Love. I really wanted to know what happened to Clara and if she came to terms with her scars, or if she got her scars fixed. yet quickly into reading Has to Be Love, I realized that this book just wasn’t for me. Which is disappointing, because I genuinely did want to end up liking this book.

What I didn’t like about this novel was that I did not like the attraction that Clara had towards her new student-teacher that is still, technically, a student himself. That’s what drew me away from finishing the rest of this novel.

I give Has to Be Love, 1 star.

Happy Reading!
— Adele

He’s My Only Vampire Vol.06 + 07, by Aya Shouto | Manga Review #37

25861125“Forgive me. I can no longer love you prettily……”
After Kana regains her memories at Tsubakiin Manor, her feelings for Aki become colored by their shared past. Meanwhile, Aki offers Mishio a certain “deal” in order to rescue Kana. Where will Kana and Aki’s rapidly developing destiny lead them?!!
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Each time I read a manga, I’m amazed at what can be packed into four or so chapters.
Within this 6th volume, we learn the true feelings that Aki has towards Kana, and we learn the feelings that Kana has towards Aki. Over the course of this volume, the story is one that has a lot of misgivings.
Aki does things in trying to save Kana, we learn the consequences that Aki has payed. In  that he jeopardizes himself. We also learn that from a young age Aki has been severely depressed.
Also, at the end of this there was a freaking plot twist! I’m interested in learning how that plot twist turns out to be….
I give this 6th volume, 3 stars!

He’s My Only Vampire Volume 07

27161840“You said you loved me, right?” Kana is heartbroken as Aki treats her with cold indifference after losing all memory of her and their time together. Amid this confusion, Eriya–Aki’s younger twin brother said to have been put in sleep stasis after being nearly killed by Aki–makes his entrance!! What will happen when the blood-soaked vampire twins finally meet again?!

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So I know that in this seventh (7th) volume the twins are reunited, but I can’t help but be a little angry at Eriya.

Volume 07 seems to have gotten out of hand, in my opinion. But I know that there are only 3 other volumes left, with a total of 10, so it’s bound to get a little wacky before the big finale.

In this seventh volume, we see a new character introduced, the history of another, as well as the true extent of what Aki did for Kana’s release.

I’m angry at Eriya, since he seems to be very, very manipulative and that ticks me off soooo much. I can also say with certainty that I despise Eriya in this volume. He might be able to redeem himself in the next volume, or at least by the end of the story. I highly doubt that though.

I have no idea where the story is heading and I’m nervous about that! I kind of want to not read the rest of the books, just to save myself from ruining the story for my future-self. However, I have the last 3 volumes beside me so now I’m off to read them!

I give this seventh volume 2 stars.

Happy Reading!
— Adele

Say What You Will, by Cammie McGovern | Book Review #375

18635084Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can’t walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear.

Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.

When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other’s lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.


This review has been copied and pasted from my GoodReads account.

This story is so, so, SO cute. Im so happy for the characters, Amy and Matthew. I didn’t really expect to like this book, since it seems like they’re from different sides of the pond.
Im actually learning so much by reading this book. Say What You Will is teaching me, in its own way, what people with Cerebral Palsy go through. We tend to be nicer to them, and sugar coat things for people who have more difficulties. We tend to forget that people, no matter the circumstance, just want to be treated like people too.
I’m writing this just about an hour or so after I finished the book. Say What You Will is an amazing novel. Not only do we see two teenagers going throughout their last year of high school, we see two young people with some disabilities over come and grow in character. Both Matthew and Amy teach each other things that they wouldn’t have learned form anyone else.
Here we see two young people fall in love, get separated by an event and then come back together many months later.
By writing this, I probably haven’t done the novel justice. So I hereby declare that, if you haven’t read the book already, please do. Its well worth the read.

Breaking Benjamin, by Haylee Thorne and Michelle Windsor | Book Review #374

40230857Benjamin Sapphire is tall, dark, handsome, and very rich. He’s ex-military who lost more than friends while in combat; he lost a part of himself, literally. Wealth, good looks and his irresistible charm provide a revolving door of women in his bed. Finding someone to help fill the black hole that was once his heart is another story. Until he meets her…

Jill Baldwin is not just beautiful, blonde, and brilliant; she’s a ball buster. She knows who she is and what she wants, and won’t settle for anything less. She’s worked her ass off to open one of the hottest spa’s in the city and is enjoying the spoils of her success. Her business is her life and not even the sexiest man she’s ever encountered is going to mess with that… Right?

Check out this cross-over series featuring Benjamin Sapphire from Michelle Windsor’s The Auction Series, and Jill Baldwin from Haylee Thorne’s Kingsley Series to see what kind of sparks fly when their two worlds collide!


I was excited to read Breaking Benjamin because I read a review for the book and thought “May as well!” Especially since I’ve been in a romance book mood lately.

Breaking Benjamin is really about two people who believe they’re broken come together. Pun unintended. *cough* A story of two people falling in-love.  Continue reading