[DNF] Searching, by C.S. Johnson | {ARC} Book Review #330

A huge thank you to BooksGoSocial; via Netgalley, for allowing me to read Searching, by C.S. Johnson in exchange for an honest review. 


There is no surrendering your will without giving up your heart. 

Long before she took up the title of Starry Knight, Raiya Cole knew she was different. Ever since she survived the car crash that killed her parents, the truth about her supernatural powers—and her destiny as a fallen Star—shaped her life, preparing her for a battle she knew would come one day. With the help of Grandpa Odd, her beloved mentor, Raiya works to maintain control over her power and train as a Starlight Warrior.

But the battle she prepared for is not the first one she must face.

As her seventh grade year begins, Raiya’s resolve is put to the test when her power unexpectedly—and exponentially—grows, threatening the fragile life she has managed to build over the last six years.  Can Raiya embrace a duty that demands not only her life, but her heart as well? Can she survive paying the price that comes with her power?

“Searching” is the prequel to The Starlight Chronicles, an epic fantasy adventure series for teens and young adults from C. S. Johnson.

Publication date: December 31, 2017.

What makes Searching different is that in Searching the main character knows she has to face a battle—-she has apparently been prepparing her whole life for it. — Another thing that makes this book different is that the main character, Raiya is younger than the usual 15, 16-18 years most YA characters are. She’s actually 13 years old. Which makes this book a middle school/ really young YA book.

Before I get into anything else, I just want to say that I genuinely and honestly wanted to like Searching. I feel so bad that I couldn’t get more into the novel..

Reasons why I stopped reading:

  • I couldn’t connect with the story, or the characters.
  • Some parts of the story, i.e. the wings, is for some reason, truly unbelievable to me
  • I found the writing, and this prequel to the series feels forced.
  • At times the story was kind of predictable.

Overall, I couldn’t get into the book when I really wanted to.

I give Searching 2 stars.

February 2018 | Wrap Up & Mini Book Haul

IMG_5463I didn’t have a set ‘To Be Read” pile/list for Februarybut I did want to try and read at least 10 ARC’s that I have. I’m so freakin’ happy to say that I’ve read 11 ARC’s! I DNF’d 3 of them, but I’m counting them as read, since I read enough to get a handle on the story.  Continue reading

FEBRUARY | State of the ARC | #01


State of the ARC meme

State of the ARC is a monthly meme at Avalinah’s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCs (Advanced or Early Reader Copies). You can track your reading progress and link up with your own post. Most commonly it comes out on the 30th of every month.

I’ve had my eye on this “State of the ARC” meme for a while now. I’ve never wanted to participate, since I myself am shamefully, incredibly behind on quite a few dozen ARC’s that I have. I cringe every time I think of them.

I found myself reading a few ARC’s I had this month, so I’m happy to say that I’m going to try and participate in these every month!

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January 2018 Wrap Up & Book Haul

Hello lovelies! This is my final post for the first month of the new year! The older I get, the faster time seems to fly by and I have no idea how to handle that… As you can see by the title, today’s post is my January 2018 Wrap Up & Book Haul! Like last month, I seem to have gotten quite a few books. February is going to be one heck of a reading month, if I can find the time to read.

I didn’t have a set TBR this month. I wanted to keep things open and be able to Continue reading