The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan | Book Review #208

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28187‘Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.’


The story and writing flows well, which was something that I both did and did not expect from this book. I’m surprised though by the fact that each time I picked up The Lightning Thief, the story was as interesting as it was when I put the book down. Continue reading

Always and Forever, Lara Jean, by Jenny Han | Book Review #207

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30312860Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?


Always and Forever, Lara Jean, is the third and final book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved trilogy, by Jenny Han.  Continue reading

Books I’m Looking Forward to this June | 2017

ucbrpicI can’t believe that it’s May already! Time has been going by faster and faster! I’m not going to lie.. The fact that time seems to be moving at a faster pace is incredibly worrisome to me. Anyhow! June is just around the corner, so here are the books that are going to be published in the month of June that have caught my eye.

Let me know if you know of these books, are interested in said books, or know of some other books that you’re interested!


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Aurabel seems like a pretty interesting novel. Aurabel, I believe is a book about mermaids and their political standings in The Whirl. — Which I am assuming is underwater, since they’re mermaids. Continue reading

Mechaninca, by Betsy Cornwell | Book Review #206

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25897875‘Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have pushed her into a life of dreary servitude. When she discovers a secret workshop in the cellar on her sixteenth birthday—and befriends Jules, a tiny magical metal horse—Nicolette starts to imagine a new life for herself. And the timing may be perfect: There’s a technological exposition and a royal ball on the horizon. Determined to invent her own happily-ever-after, Mechanica seeks to wow the prince and eager entrepreneurs alike.’


When I heard that Betsy Cornwell had come out with another book, I was intrigued and excited. Then I heard that her new (at the time) book, Mechanica was a rendition on the Cinderella story, my excitement died down a little. I mean, there were so many Childhood story renditions coming out left, right and centre. However, I held the faith that Mechanica would be interesting.  Continue reading

TBR #30

Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 10.22.37 PMHello reader/s! For a while now, I’ve been writing a bi-weekly post about books that are on my TBR. TBR, if you don’t know is the abbreviation for To Be Read. My goal here is to shed some light on books that I’ve otherwise forgotten about. These books could be books I’ve been meaning to read from the library, or books that have been collecting dust on my shelves at home. My goal though is to say a little about the book and also give a little reasoning of why I want to read them. In hopes of reading them sooner than later. 


Hello lovelies! For this TBR I’m going to be talking about two Young Adult books that are both in the Fantasy genre. I’m actually pretty excited about this weeks’ TBR Tuesday since I loooove the Fantasy genre.  Continue reading

Starr Lost, by Kim Briggs | Book Review #205

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33383577‘A Starr falls, and a family is found.

On the run from the Organization, Starr and Christian find safety on the Qualla Boundary with their friends, Ben and Coda, but Starr needs answers. She owes her dear dead friends, Sami and Jody, that much. She forms a team of her own to fight the general and his recruits.

Di, a mutual friend and anti-everything is a no-brainer, plus her Taser will come in handy. Frank, Starr’s BFF, will put his life on the line for her. Ben and Coda, not to be outdone by Starr’s friends, also swear their allegiance. Christian’s the only hold out. He knows what the Organization is capable of. He has the beaten body to prove it, but when Starr wants something, she gets it.

Now that the team’s together, everything should be perfect. Trouble is Starr loves Christian but so does Di. And Frank, well, he’s never been very good at hiding his love for Starr. Will his four-year long crush on her threaten the safety of the team?

Life becomes tense on the Qualla Boundary, sparks fly, and the Organization is about to smash in their door.’


Starr Lost is the second book in the Starr Fall series by Kim Briggs. The series is a Young Adult Thriller. I really enjoyed the first book, Starr Fall, so when I was asked by the author to read and review Starr Lost I hopped onto the chance and said yes! Continue reading

April Wrap Up | 2017

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Hello all! I have been enjoying sitting in my room with my blinds and window open as of late. I love the sounds that surround early spring. I don’t know about where you live, but here where I live, I hear the traffic on the nearby bypass, the birds at both 5-6 AM & PM. I hear people outside doing their spring cleaning, and I hear kids playing around outside. That’s when it’s sunny. — When it’s raining (which I still love) I tend to hear the rain hitting the roof, along with the white noise that accompanies rain. I don’t usually hear all that much traffic when it rains, which is a nice break!

unnamed-15This month my To Be Read consisted of four (4) books! Continue reading

P.S. I Still Love You, by Jenny Han | Book Review #205

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20698530Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Timesbestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.


P.S. I Still Love You is the second book in the duology-turned-trilogy, written by Jenny Han.

P.S. I Still Love You is a YA Contemporary.

The first time I read this book, I remember that some parts felt more dragged out than they should have been. Continue reading

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, by Jenny Han | Book Review #204

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15749186To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.


To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (TATBILB) is the first book in the duology-turned-trilogy written by Jenny Han. TATBILB is a YA Contemporary.

I can honestly say that the first time that I read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, I ended up not liking it; I had a whole myriad of emotions concerning Lara Jean and the rest of the book. Continue reading

Down with the Shine, by Kate Karyus Quinn | Book Review #203

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25647300Make a wish…

Lennie always thought her uncles’ “important family legacy” was good old-fashioned bootlegging. Then she takes some of her uncles’ moonshine to Michaela Gordon’s annual house party, and finds out just how wrong she was.

At the party, Lennie has everyone make a wish before drinking the shine—it’s tradition. She toasts to wishes for bat wings, for balls of steel, for the party to go on forever. Lennie even makes a wish of her own: to bring back her best friend, Dylan, who was murdered six months ago.

The next morning gives Lennie a whole new understanding of the phrase be careful what you wish for—or in her case, be careful what wishes you grant. Because all those wishes Lennie raised a jar of shine to last night? They came true. Most of them came out bad. And once granted, a wish can’t be unmade…


TRIGGER WARNINGS: Guns, Murder, Kidnapping, Torture.

Down with the Shine is a Young Adult Fantasy novel. I didn’t really to know what to expect with this book, except for the fact that I would end up liking it or not liking it at all. For that reason, I waited until I could borrow Down with the Shine from the library to read it. Continue reading