Never Forgotten, by Kelly Risser | {ARC} Book Review #357

Thank you to Clean Teen Publishing, via Netgalley, for allowing me to read Never Forgotten, by Kelly Risser, in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger Warning:
Cancer Mention,
Cancer related Death

20874388Meara Quinn is about to find out there are worse things than moving to a tiny oceanside town before her senior year. Like discovering there’s a secret being kept from her and knowing it’s a life-changer.

After experiencing vivid visions of her absentee father, Meara decides she deserves answers. With the help of her new friend Evan, a guy she happens to be falling for, she embarks on a journey in the hopes of unlocking family history and finding her true self. But when she meets a handsome stranger at a local club who knows far more about her than he should, her world is again shaken. In him, Meara may have uncovered the key to the very secret that will reveal not only who she is… but what she is.


What I was most excited about for Never Forgotten was the fantasy portions of this novel, and the fact that Never Forgotten takes place in Canada! I’m always up for books that take place in Canada.

There were a couple of things that I didn’t like about Never Forgotten. The first is that the beginning to me, was a little iffy. And frankly, with a start like that I wasn’t sure if I would end up liking Never Forgotten at all.

Kieran. That’s all I’m going to say on the matter. I know for sure he’ll be a big part of the next book. Oh, and another thing that I didn’t like was the snobby-ness that Katie exhibited towards Maera and Maera’s father, David.

I didn’t like that David kept things secret from Maera, only explaining that “it wasn’t the time” for things to be revealed.

The last thing that I didn’t like about this novel was that it was predictable.

The things that I liked about this book though, were the fantasy aspects of this novel. I also like the fact that Maera and Evan truly do seem to love each other.

My thoughts towards Never Forgotten are that this story was pretty interesting! We aren’t given the all the details of what we need to know, but we’re given hints that lead up to how the information is revealed.

Something that I immensely enjoyed about this book was that the story and characters weren’t too over dramatic. I like that we see some of Maera’s everyday life. I also like that the story and writing gives just enough detail, but not to the point where you’re overloaded with everything. We’re given just enough detail so we know what’s going on.

Never Forgotten is a great start to the Never Forgotten series.

I give Never Forgotten, 3 stars.

Happy Reading!
— Adele

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Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, Volume 01 + 02, by Fujita | {ARC} Manga Review #29

Thank You to Kodansha Comics via Netgalley, for allowing me to read Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Volume 01, by Fujita, in exchange for an honest review. 

 

cover136915-mediumThe awkward, romantic comedy manga about geeks in love that inspired the new anime! Can a professional man who’s secretly a hardcore gamer and a woman who’s secretly a fujoshi date without their hobbies getting in the way, or revealing each other’s secrets?

Extra-long book includes 2 Japanese volumes!

GAMES OVER ROMANCE

Narumi Momose has had it rough: Every boyfriend she’s had dumped her once they found out she was an otaku, so she’s gone to great lengths to hide it. When a chance meeting at her new job with childhood friend, fellow otaku, and now coworker Hirotaka Nifuji almost gets her secret outed at work, she comes up with a plan to make sure he never speaks up. But he comes up with a counter-proposal: Why doesn’t she just date him instead?

In love, there are no save points.


I was pretty excited to read the first volume since the synopsis sounded SO GOOD. I’m really interested in the older-aged manga and anime characters. I’ve only read two older-aged-character manga’s as of late, but I love them both. That said, I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I started reading Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku. What I recieved though was pure gold.  Continue reading

Till Death, by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Book Review #356

Triggers in Till Death include:
Paranoia, 
Kidnapping, Kidnapping Mention,
Rape Mention, Stalking, 
Murder, Murder Mention

IMG_5923It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago.

First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more.

But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last.


Before actually reading Till Death I was pretty excited for this read. I’ve enjoyed Jennifer L. Armentrout’s work in the past so I had high hopes for Till Death. However, I thought that Till Death was a Young Adult novel —- it isn’t. Continue reading

Here There Be (Books About) Dragons! | TBR

Lately all that has been on my mind is “Dragons Dragons Dragons!” If you know me, then you know that I love all things about the paranormal, all things supernatural, and all things fantasy. Which includes Dragons.

What actually started this hunt for dragon novels was Before She Ignites. I got to thinking that there were definitely more dragon novels out there. However, I wanted to accumilate some titles slowly, so I could remember them. I didn’t want to gather a bunch of titles, add them to my TBR list and then forget.

Yet, somehow, over the last few months I’ve gathered 5 titles to briefly talk about. Some titles I’ve known of for a few years, others much more recently. So without further ado,

Here are 5 DRAGON novels that I’m excited to read:

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Saving Me, by Sadie Allen | Book Review #355

Thank you to Sadie Allen for allowing me to read
Saving Me in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger Warning:
Suicidal Thoughts
Attempted Suicide
Depression
Anxiety
Parental Abuse

38487713On the outside, Ally has everything any teenager could want. She’s beautiful, popular, and athletic. She has the right friends, an adoring boyfriend, and the picture-perfect family.

Too bad it’s all a lie.

Every day she’s dying a little on the inside, drowning in everyone’s expectations and opinions, the weight of it all pulling her under.

She wants to do the unthinkable … until a boy with shaggy hair, unusual eyes, and a lip ring changes her plans.


Prior to actually getting down to the nitty-gritty of this novel, I was hesitant to read Saving Me. Continue reading

The Water Dragon’s Bride Volume 02, by Rei Tōma | Manga Review #28

 

This review contains spoilers. 

32919014A 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 is sacrificed to a water dragon god! What plans are in store for her, and what will happen when she comes face to face with this god?

After a ritual in the village leaves her hovering on the brink of death, Asahi is rescued by the power of the water dragon god! Has he awakened to feelings of compassion, or does Asahi need to flee this treacherous world before something even worse happens to her?


I was quite intrigued by the first volume so I started reading this second volume right away. However, quickly into the story I saw that this book was heading in a direction that I didn’t even foresee. There were quite the plot twists! Continue reading

The Queen’s Rising, by Rebecca Ross | Book Review #354

IMG_5726When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?


Have you ever read a book, where you’re like “This side-character is so interesting! They should have their own book!” Continue reading

April ’18 OwlCrate Unboxing | SHADOWS & SECRETS

IMG_5878Hello, friends! I’m pretty sure this is the last OwlCrate box I’ll be getting for a while, so I’m both bummed and a little refreshed. Bummed because I won’t be getting cool bookish knick-knacks every month. I’m a little refreshed because now I won’t have to worry so much about finding space on my shelf! Haha.

Anywho, the April 2018 OwlCrate box is called Shadows & Secrets and there’s some pretty interesting stuff in here! Let’s take a look!

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Dragon Redeemer, by Amy Bearce | {ARC} Book Review #353

A huge thank you to Curiosity Quills Press for allowing me to read Dragon Redeemer, by Amy Bearce in exchange for an honest review. 

Dragon Redeemer is the third book in the WORLD OF ALUVIA trilogy.

30116302Four years have passed since a fairy swarm released the voice of prophecy in Nell Brennan. In that painful moment, a skilled warrior became a reluctant leader and defender of Aluvia’s magic. Now a new enemy threatens their still-fragile lands, one Nell feels powerless to stop even with help from the voice within her.

A mysterious dark alchemist from the Ice-Locked Lands is rising to power on the strength of his sword arm and an ice-breathing dragon obedient to his command. He promises unlimited magic to his followers and death to those who defy him. If he takes over the ports, his corrupt elixirs will disrupt the delicate balance of peace between Aluvia’s people and all magical creatures.

The voice of prophecy sends Nell and her friends to their enemy’s treacherous domain to find a sword of legend. Only the sword’s magic can prevent a return to a world of dying fairies and caged merfolk. But Nell’s up against the toughest foe she’s ever faced. In order to defeat him, she must master the unimaginable power of the sword―and the unwanted magic inside herself.


Two things appealed to me when I first heard of Dragon Redeemer. The first: it was the third and final book in the World of Aluvia series. Second, Nell, who we don’t really see much of in the first two books, finally had her own stance in the story.  Continue reading