Book Review: Crown of Coral and Pearl

37777083. sy475 Title: Crown of Coral and Pearl

Author: Mara Rutherford

Pub. Date: August 27, 2019

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5


For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine…

Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village for as long as anyone can remember. But when a childhood accident left her with a permanent scar, it became clear that her identical twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the Crown Prince—while Nor remained behind, unable to ever set foot on land.

Then Zadie is gravely injured, and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place. To Nor’s dismay, her future husband, Prince Ceren, is as forbidding and cold as his home—a castle carved into a mountain and devoid of sunlight. And as she grows closer to Ceren’s brother, the charming Prince Talin, Nor uncovers startling truths about a failing royal bloodline, a murdered queen… and a plot to destroy the home she was once so eager to leave.

In order to save her people, Nor must learn to negotiate the treacherous protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules. But discovering her own formidable strength may be the one move that costs her everything: the crown, Varenia and Zadie.


This will be a spoiler free review.

I went into this book fairly open minded, only having seen some positive reactions from friends who had read it. I still didn’t know what to expect. I also didn’t actually plan on getting to this book prior to release, but I’m so glad I did.

I absolutely loved this book. I read it in basically one sitting, in one day and there were definitely surprising moments. I loved the cast of characters, except for Zadie and Nor’s Mother. That woman needed to be punch in the face and thrown into the sea. She was absolutely awful. I couldn’t stand her. I feel like it’s very rarely that a character makes me so instantly angry.

She is awful to her daughters, favoring one over the other, making the one feel so inadequate, pitting them against each other. Thankfully it is Zadie and Nor against the world. It’s appalling how she treats Nor as damaged. Her whole attitude towards her is anger inducing. It’s not much better towards towards Zadie, constantly reenforcing this idea that beauty is the only thing that matters, and it must be protected at all costs.

While they both had it rough, there came a point where I wasn’t thrilled with like anyone in Nor’s life, including her sister. All but her father treated her like crap, and I couldn’t wait until the second half of the novel. I really liked Nor as a character and rooted for her the whole book and how her people treated her was outrageous.

Enter Talin and Ceren, both Princes. Talin is the Golden Prince, spends time outside, nice, handsome and wonderful. Then you have Ceren, set to inherit the throne, lives inside the castle in a mountain, cruel, not very nice. I thought upon meeting Ceren we were going to have another Cardan…you know, hard and cruel on the outside, but wholly devoted to the girl on the inside…

This book kind of plays on that characterization that’s going on in YA right now – the cruel prince type character but is actually a softie. Or I thought he was going to be like Aldrik from the Air Awakens series. How it actually plays out is kind of a twist, and it felt almost too good to be true. I guess I’ll just have to wait for book 2, to find out if my sinking feeling is right or wrong. It’s kind of a double edge sword, since I love the prickly princes, but at the same time, it feels like a lot of fantasy YA books are picking up on this kind of characterization of the “dark” prince. So it’s nice that Ceren had a bit of a twist.

This book is definitely a must read. My expectations weren’t high, I didn’t really have any, and I think this might be a new favorite and I really cannot wait for book 2. It definitely didn’t play out how I thought it would based on the synopsis, but I’m not mad. This is a sit down, read in one sitting kind of book, following Nor’s journey to protect her sister and her people and find a way to save them all. If you’re looking for something a bit magical, about standing up for the people you love, and standing against those who wish harm, and not allowing outer beauty to define who you are, then you won’t want to miss this new book!

 

 

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Book Review: Echoes Between Us

45043529Title: Echoes Between Us

Author: Katie McGarry

Pub. Date: January 14, 2019

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Veronica sees ghosts. More specifically, her mother’s ghost. The afterimages of blinding migraines caused by the brain tumor that keeps her on the fringes and consumes her whole life haunt her, even as she wonders if it’s something more…

Golden boy Sawyer is handsome and popular, a state champion swimmer, but his adrenaline addiction draws him to Veronica.

A girl with nothing to live for and a boy with everything to lose–can they conquer their demons together?


This will be a spoiler free review.

THIS. BOOK.

I was fortunate enough to be able to get a copy while at ALA this past June and I devoured it while on vacation. It was the first book I read, and I sat on the beach and fell in love with the characters.

I’m not usually a big contemporary reader, but this book and Only a Breath Apart have easily become two of my favorites. Echoes Between Us struck oddly close to home, which I found strange because I legit have nothing in common with either of the characters and experienced none of the extremes they do throughout the novel. I was in tears at one point and felt like I was right there with the characters. I do think that my reaction and feelings towards this book are a testament to just how amazing of a storyteller and writer Katie McGarry is.

You know that feeling you get in your chest when you’re anticipating something? How it filters down to your hands, and you feel this need to shake them to expel the energy? Or when you stop breathing because you’re so engrossed?

That was me while reading this book. Wholly and completely.

Especially in these last two books, I love this sort of fantastical/fate element that plays a huge part. It plays a huge part in this book for Veronica, who can see ghosts due to a tumor in her brain. She lives everyday as if it could be her last, not caring what people think, and choosing to surround herself with people who don’t fit the typical mold.

Sawyer on the other hand, at least from outward appearances, fits the typical attractive high school jock, but like Veronica, he deals with his own issues. Fate ties them together in a way that shows them that it’s okay to be scared, to face your fears, because there are people who will be there for you.

Veronica and Sawyer’s relationship starts off rocky, but they soon realize that outward appearances don’t define who they are. Veronica comes across as weird and cold, while Sawyer comes across as having the perfect life. It only takes time for Sawyer to figure out that Veronica does as she pleases because she knows it doesn’t matter, that she doesn’t have a future. It doesn’t take long for Veronica to realize that Sawyer is barely keeping it together, his home life isn’t perfect and he’s putting himself in danger to take the edge off. They grow together, becoming better people. They care deeply for each other, their feelings coming on strong and fast.

The writing in this book was beautiful, about accepting help, admitting you might have a problem, and getting back up when you’re knocked down, even when it seems impossible. This isn’t a direct sequel to Only a Breath Apart, but a companion novel. It was nice getting a bigger view of this world and the characters that inhabit it. I can’t wait to see what Katie McGarry writes next. This is definitely a new favorite, and everyone should check it out when it’s published in January 2020. I’m already looking forward to a reread in the future.

Book Review: The Burning Shadow (Origin #2)

24951850. sy475 Title: The Burning Shadow (Origin #2)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pub. Date: October 8, 2019

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.75


When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux―only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.

Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is―and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.

Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.

And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.


This will be a spoiler free review.

This was a long book. The ARC clocked in at 649 pages, but somehow the finished hardcover is only going to be 416. Being completely honest, by the time I had 100 pages left, I just wanted the book to be over. It was way too long, and roughly 240 pages in, nothing had really happened.

Overall, the book was good, and if I hadn’t been thoroughly over the book by the ending, I might’ve been shocked. I definitely didn’t see the end coming, though in retrospect it makes perfect sense. I didn’t enjoy it as much as The Darkest Star, but I think that mostly has to deal with the sheer number of pages contained within this book.

Without really getting into it – and this is not an invite for anyone to come on here arguing about it – it kind of annoyed me that this book was too similar to the real world. Yes, I get it, that dialogue should be happening, that real life events should be represented in books, but that doesn’t mean I was 600+ pages of it. I read to escape, and when I read a book that could basically be modern day, I can’t help but be a bit annoyed. Certain aspects of this book (and the previous one) reflect some of the tension and chaos happening in our world right now. No, I won’t specify, read the book if you’re curious.

With that being said, it was still nice to be back with these characters, and in true JLA fashion, they went through some shit in this book. Other that being a bit long winded, the plot of this book was pretty good. I was engaged and rooting for the good guys and falling more in love with Luc. Some old faces were back with more page time and it was nice getting the old gang back together…so to speak.

Like the last book, Luc steals the show. We see more of who he is – an Origin and just what he’s capable of. I’d still happily take Evie’s place.

I kind of just want to rant and talk spoilers about this book, but I won’t. If you read The Darkest Star (my review here) and you’ve been dying to find out what happens next, your wait it’s much longer! So much happens, some of it will shock you, other moments will leave you breathless, and Jen doesn’t disappoint. Evie and Luc’s world isn’t all that it seems, and what comes next could test the limits of their bond and feelings for each other. This is very much a book about self-discovery and learning and you won’t want to miss it.

Book Review: American Royals

43744300Title: American Royals

Author: Katharine McGee

Pub. Date: September 3, 2019

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.75


What if America had a royal family? If you can’t get enough of Harry and Meghan or Kate and William, meet American princesses Beatrice and Samantha.

Two princesses vying for the ultimate crown.
Two girls vying for the prince’s heart.
This is the story of the American royals.

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne. Like most royal families, the Washingtons have an heir and a spare. A future monarch and a backup battery. Each child knows exactly what is expected of them. But these aren’t just any royals. They’re American. And their country was born of rebellion.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.

The duty. The intrigue. The Crown. New York Times bestselling author Katharine McGee imagines an alternate version of the modern world, one where the glittering age of monarchies has not yet faded–and where love is still powerful enough to change the course of history.


This will be a spoiler free review.

I absolutely loved this book. I immediately fell into it and devoured it. The idea of taking the British Monarchy and supplanting it into a fictional America was something I didn’t know I wanted to read. But before I get too into this review, I should probably say that having some basic knowledge of the British Monarchy (its history) is going to help provide some background. I don’t think you really need to know anything to enjoy this contemporary read, with multiple forbidden romances, but I do think it’s an added bonus.

This was Gossip Girl combined with a monarchy and would easily watch an entire series based off this book and its sequel(s). Netlfix, can you get on that? Think of the movie, The Prince & Me combined with the drama of Gossip Girl, and that’s the feeling of this book. It’s full of drama and the weight of responsibility. Beatrice is very much a young Queen Elizabeth II…and I just blew my mind, because I didn’t realize that when I was reading the book, or upon finishing…she knows the weight that rests upon her, and is willing to do her duty, but why should her heart suffer?

Her sister, Samantha, the spare is wild, carefree and jealous of her sister. She has no idea the weight Beatrice has to carry, and she lashes out. Her twin, Jefferson, is similar, but he carries none of the weight that his sister’s carry. He’s the golden boy in the eye of the public, but he’s not without his own troubles.

Daphne, while somewhat enjoyable, came across as a bit deluded and unwilling to see reality. I think that was majorly in part of her mother constantly whispering in her ear that she would marry the Prince, and rather than following her heart, she was led into situation after situation that proved wrong. She was conniving, ruthless and just straight up mean girl. The Blair Waldorf of this book. As for Nina, she was the ‘commoner’ but best friends with the royal twins since her mother worked in the palace. What better way to start a romance than with a best friend? Again, think The Prince & Me.

I will say that there are A LOT of POVs in this book and I often found myself wanting to skip ahead to certain characters. I also want to express that –

THIS IS THE FIRST BOOK IN A SERIES.

I didn’t know that going in, and utterly freaked out at the end of this book because things are not resolved by the end. In some ways they were just getting started and the next book is going to be a whirlwind.

If you have a fascination with the British Monarchy, are into drama and want some forbidden romances, then you’ll definitely want to check out American Royals when it comes out September 3, 2019!

Book Review: Sorcery of Thorns

42201395Title: Sorcery of Thorns

Author: Margaret Rogerson

Pub. Date: June 4, 2019

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5


All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.


This will be a spoiler free review.

I’m so happy I read this while the hype surrounding it was still prevalent on my timeline. I meant that I had people I could talk to about it! I really enjoyed this book, and easily got lost in it. I do want to preface this by saying I listened to the Audible audiobook, and I think that made a difference in my rating. I know a lot of people who physically read it and loved it, but on the flip side, a lot of people couldn’t get into it.

I loved the atmosphere of this book and it kind of reminded me of Stalking Jack the Ripper – London in the 1800’s, a Victorian feel, albeit a bit more fantastical. But it also reminded me of the Shadowhunter world, well, more so The Infernal Devices. I think there is a pattern here. I must have a soft spot for charismatic player, badass, loner types who portray being cold, aloof like their lives depend on it, but love with their entire being, because that’s Nathaniel.

I liked Elisabeth but couldn’t really connect with her. I think she was strong and brave when she needed to be, and very smart, but I just never really connected with her. I definitely got lost in her trials and triumphs enough that I didn’t hate her, and rooted for her to succeed, just couldn’t connect, unfortunately.

As much as I did love this book, got easily sucked in and lost with the characters, I really wish the book had been dual POV. I also think the book was a tad long and some of the scenes felt a little out of place. I really wish Nathaniel had a POV in this book. I adored his character and wish we had gotten to experience the world from his eyes.

I would definitely recommend this to friends, and if you’re looking for a fun adventure fantasy, with a fantastical Victorian feel, magical books, a charismatic boy and a demon, you won’t want to miss this!

The Last Hope (The Raging Ones #2)

36678876. sy475 Title: The Last Hope (The Raging Ones #2)

Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie

Pub. Date: August 13, 2019

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5


Sacrifice all you have to survive.

Imprisoned for weeks on an enemy starcraft, Franny, Court, and Mykal have sat with an unfathomable revelation. But as they fight to stay alive, escaping prison means trusting a young mysterious stranger. He knows everything about their lost histories, and when answers aren’t given freely, the bonded trio are forced to join a mission. One that will determine the fate of humanity.

Legend says, a baby—the first of her species—has the power to cloak and teleport planets. Tasked with retrieving the infant, Court fears the baby is just a myth, and if they fail, they’ll never find the truth about their origins.

As Court and Mykal grow closer, their linked bond becomes harder to hide, and dynamics change when Franny begins to fall for someone new. Vulnerable and with no choice, the hunt for the baby sends the trio on a dangerous path to Saltare-1: a water world where their enemies can’t die and survival comes at a high cost.


This will be a spoiler free review. I acquired an advanced copy at ALA back in June.

Last year The Raging Ones was one of my favorite reads. You can check out my review here. I was super excited for it – as I am with just about any sci-fi in YA – and about half way through, I fell in love. I remember struggling a bit to get into it, but it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with Court, Mykal and Franny. I honestly couldn’t tell you why I took to them so strongly, but I did…still do.

I knew that The Last Hope – the second and final book in this duology – was going to wreck me and that I wouldn’t be prepared for what was going to happen. I had the opportunity to meet Krista & Becca at Apollycon this past March and they told me as much. Their statement made me nervous and excited. So, when ALA came around, I made it a point to grab a copy. I’d hoped to have read it sooner, but life kind of got in the way, and this book kept me up until 3 AM reading and sobbing.

Court, Mykal and Franny – I love you three so much. This book was everything and so much more than what I was expecting. The last 40ish pages had me in tears, utterly shocked and immensely happy. Be prepared for a roller coaster full of emotion.

It took me a little bit to get into the story, but that’s more because it’s been over a year since I read The Raging Ones and it took me a minute to remember what was happening. This book doesn’t stop. With the introduction of a new character – Stork, the three of them are thrust into a world, a future that they don’t really have a say in. So much control is beyond their reach, and some ways, Court, Mykal anad Franny are pawns in a scheme so much larger than they can possibly imagine. But they have each other.

I think that’s what I love about the three of them. I love how much they love each other, and the lengths they go to protect each other. Court and Mykal’s fierce protectiveness over Franny is endearing, but they don’t stifle her. They encourage her to be herself and to figure out who that is and what she wants. Franny wants the same for the two of them, wanting them to be happy, to be able to express their feelings without having to worry. She wants them to have the happy future they dream of.

As for Stork – I kind of loved him from the first moment he was introduced. Cocky, a smart ass, and broken, he has more in common with Court, Mykal and Franny than they realize. Promises and a mission force him to stay disconnected and apart from them. It clearly hurts him, and I just wanted to give him a hug. His life has been anything but easy, but he persevered, just like Court, Mykal and Franny.

Another thing I loved about this book and the first one, is the writing. Firstly, it’s just wonderful and so easy to picture everything and the characters. Secondly is how it goes about exploring human connections – whether it’s a romantic connection or familial, or friendship. The relationship between Court and Mykal, a deep friendship turned romance. Between them and Franny, also a deep friendship turned familial. Mykal and Stork – well, you’ll have to read the book to find out that one, because spoilers! Court and Kinden, familial even after certain truths come to light and they only strengthen the bond. Ever relationship in the book feels as natural as breathing, as if they were always just meant to exist that way. There’s a line in the book

“I’ve lived hard and fast and full.”

I think it encompasses exactly how these characters feel about each other. In a world where you know the date you’re going to die, (not a spoiler, it’s in the first book synopsis) your deathdate – whether it’s 10 years or 100 years down the road, some people live their lives to the fullest, never stopping, never pausing. All these characters come from different walks of life, but when it comes down to it, they take risks, take chances on one another, and love and trust each other.

If you’re looking for an amazing sci-fi read with a twist, I doubt you’ll see coming, you’ll want to check out The Raging Ones and The Last Hope and fall in love with Court, Mykal and Franny. Join them on their out of their world adventure, where relationships will be test, death with be thwarted, fears will be overcome and where the battle between good and evil will be fought with a price no one thought they’d be paying. Out today, August 13, 2019, make sure you pick up your copy and fall in love with these characters.

 

July Wrap Up!

We’re two and a halfish weeks into August and this post is now only going up. I fail.

How it is I only read 8 books in July? I feel like it was a lot more…okay, well technically I guess it’s 10, but you’ll have to wait for my Beach Reads Wrap Up post next week to find out what the other 2 are. I enjoyed all the books I read this past month, some more than others, and 7 out of the 10 are new favorites and everyone should read them.


42952728A Heart So Fierce and Broken – Brigid Kemmerer

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / (ARC Finished 7/3/19) / GR

Find the heir, win the crown. 

Find the heir, win the crown. 

The heart-pounding, compulsively readable saga continues as loyalties are tested and new love blooms in a kingdom on the brink of war.

Loved this book so much. I loved A Curse So Dark and Lonely, but Brigid outdid herself and gives Grey the best story ever. There are a few new characters and one of them stole my heart. I won’t go into too much detail since I have a full review but know that you won’t want to miss this when it comes out January 2020.


45361401Failed Future – Elise Kova

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / (ARC Finished 7/5/19) / GR

When worlds collide, and things are rarely what they seem, there may be no one Vi can trust.

Vi’s journey continues with even more betrayal, romance, magic, and a twist you never saw coming that leaves readers begging for the next book. 

Elise was super kind and gifted me an early copy of Failed Future (out now!) and I absolutely loved it and I’m certain it’s my new favorite in the series. I won’t go into too much detail, as I have a full review posted, but be prepared for so much to happen, but nothing will prepare you for the ending. I’m anxious for book 4 – Sovereign Sacrifice and I’m terrified.


41823536. sx318 There Will Come A Darkness – Katy Rose Pool

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / Review / (ARC Finished 7/10/19) / GR

The Age of Darkness approaches.
Five lives stand in its way.
Who will stop it… or unleash it? 

One of them―or all of them―could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer? 

This. Book. Wow. I’d heard great things, and was super anticipating reading it, and it did not disappoint. At all. While, it took a little bit after the first line to really hook me, by the time I got invested in the story, I was up all night until I finished it, and I cannot wait for the next one. I have a full review posted for this book and you definitely want to check it out when it comes out in September 2019.


35068505Allied – Amy Tintera

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / (AB Finished 7/11/19) / GR

In the final book in the New York Times bestselling Ruined series, the romance of The Selection and the epic stakes of Red Queen come together in a story of revenge, adventure, and unexpected love.

I finally finished the Ruined Trilogy and I loved it, definitely recommend that everyone read them – or listen to them, which is what I did. The audiobooks are fantastic, as is the story as a whole. You’ll fall in love with the characters and the ending might shock you a bit. Check them out if you haven’t already!


35481848. sy475 Sightwitch – Susan Dennard

⭐️⭐️⭐️ / (HC Finished 7/12/19) / GR

Before Safi and Iseult battled a Bloodwitch…

Before Merik returned from the dead…

Ryber Fortiza was a Sightwitch Sister at a secluded convent, waiting to be called by her goddess into the depths of the mountain. There she would receive the gift of foretelling. But when that call never comes, Ryber finds herself the only Sister without the Sight.

I read this because everyone, including the author says so, before going into Bloodwitch. While I enjoyed it, it definitely wasn’t my favorite. I’m glad I read it because I know things are going to pop up – including some characters and I’m really curious to see how the actions and consequences that happened in this book are going to play out in the next novels.


46184206. sy475 Becoming the Dark Prince – Kerri Maniscalco

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / (eBook Finished 7/15/19) / GR

In this irresistibly-priced short story, catch a glimpse of the inner struggles and triumphs that drive Stalking Jack the Ripper’s endearing but troubled hero. 

With a romance for the ages, Audrey Rose and Thomas reach the conclusion to their epic, irresistible partnership in their final adventure, Capturing the Devil.

THOMAS. CRESSWELL.

*screams*


42201395Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / (AB Finished 7/19/19) / GR

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains.

I’m so glad I read this book while the hype was still going on. I loved it, shocker, I know. I fell in love with the book, the characters, the world and could easily read an entire series set in it. I should have a review up of this book, hopefully soon. I’m a little behind on my reviews.


34273236. sy475 Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

⭐️⭐️⭐️ / (PB+AB Finished 7/22/19) / GR

Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.

This was my Book Club’s pick, and I wasn’t a fan. Overall, I’ll concede that it wasn’t a bad story, but there were certain elements in it that infuriated me, and the ending annoyed me.


42867937The Girl the Sea Gave Back – Adrienne Young

⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / (ARC Finished 7/24/19) / GR

The new gut-wrenching epic from the New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep.

For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue.

Since I have a full review posted on this book, I won’t take too much time talking about it. This book was disappointing. I didn’t realize it was a companion/sequel to her first book, and the story was just lacking. I wanted badly to love this book, but I didn’t.


QOTD: What was your favorite read of July?