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Children of Blood and Bone

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Fantasy, Fiction, YA
on October 12, 2018
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Synopsis: Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.

Zélie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and srike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic – and her growing feelings for an enemy.

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Scythe

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Fantasy, YA
on October 7, 2018
scythe, neal shusterman, book review, paperbackadventures

Synopsis: In a world where disease, war and crime have been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (‘gleaned’) by professional scythes.

Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythe apprentices, and despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation, they must learn the art of killing and understand the necessity of what they do.

Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe’s apprentice and as Citra and Rowan come up against a terrifyingly corrupt Scythedom, it becomes clear that the winning apprentice’s first task will be to glean the loser.

Author: Neal Shusterman

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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September Wrap-Up and October Goals

Posted in Books, TBR, Wrap Up
on October 3, 2018
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It doesn’t feel like an entire month has gone since I posted my September TBR… but it has.

September was a bad month, like a really bad month for reading. I managed to read two books.

Yes, TWO!

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House on Fire

Posted in ARC, Book Reviews, Books, Fiction, Suspense
on October 1, 2018
HOUSE ON FIRE, BONNIE KISTLER

Synopsis: Divorce lawyer Leigh Huyett knows all too well that most second marriages are doomed to fail. But five years in, she and Pete Conley have a perfectly blended family of her children and his. To celebrate their anniversary, they grab some precious moments of alone time and leave Pete’s son Kip, a high school senior, in charge of Leigh’s fourteen-year-old daughter, Chrissy, at their home.

Driving back on a rainy Friday night, their cell phones start ringing. After a raucous party celebrating his college acceptance to Duke and his upcoming birthday, Kip was arrested for drunk driving after his truck crashed into a tree. And he wasn’t alone – Chrissy was with him.

Twelve hours later, Chrissy is dead, and Kip is charged with manslaughter.

Author: Bonnie Kistler

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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From Page to Screen: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Posted in From Page to Screen
on September 17, 2018
to all the boys i've loved before, tatbilb, lara jean covey, peter kavinsky

This is a series I’ve been wanting to do for a while now – a comparison between a book and its movie. I’m going to compare the two together, to highlight what remains the same and what differs from the source material and let you know what I did and didn’t like about those changes, and then I’ll let you know whether I preferred the book or the film. It’s important to remember that while the book is the source material, the movie is an adaptation and doesn’t necessarily have to remain the same as the book. There could be a number of reasons for this, from budget to time constraints to actor capabilities. Certain things in a book might not translate well on screen.

Movie adaptations are becoming increasingly popular and there are so many that I have planned for this series, but what better way to kick it off than one of the hottest movies to hit this summer – To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. My last post was a review of the book, so if you haven’t read it yet then you can find it here.

Warning: this will contain spoilers.

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Contemporary Fiction, Romance, YA
on September 8, 2018
to all the boys i've loved before, jenny han, talbilb, book

Synopsis: What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

Author: Jenny Han

Stars: ⭐⭐

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August Wrap-Up

Posted in Books, Wrap Up, YA
on September 1, 2018
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It’s September!

Yay for cooler weather, cozy jumpers, and sitting in front of the fire with a book and a mug of hot chocolate filled to the brim with marshmallows! That is my idea of perfection. I love autumn and everything about it.

This month wasn’t the best for reading – I only managed to finish four books, which I guess isn’t too shabby.

Unintentionally, I had a bit of a red theme going on with these!

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Final Girls

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
on August 15, 2018
book review of final girls

Synopsis: Three tragedies. One unthinkable secret. The media calls them the Final Girls – Quincy, Sam, Lisa – the infamous group that no one wants to be part of. The sole survivors of three separate killing sprees, they are linked by their shared trauma. But when Lisa dies in mysterious circumstances and Sam shows up unannounced on her doorstep, Quincy must admit that she doesn’t really know anything about the other Final Girls. Can she trust them? Or can there only ever be one? All Quincy knows is one thing: she is next.

Author: Riley Sager

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐

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Throne of Glass

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Fantasy, Fiction, YA
on August 7, 2018

Synopsis: Meet Celaena Sardothien.

Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.

In the dark filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught. Young Captain Westfell offers her a deal, her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament – fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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How To Stop Time

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction
on August 1, 2018

Synopsis: I am old. That is the first thing to tell you. The thing you are least likely to believe. If you saw me you would probably think I was about forty, but you would be very wrong.

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret.

He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life. It’s a life he once had, long since buried but buried secrets have a habit of catching up with you and nobody can outrun their past.

Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover – working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he’d never witnessed them first-hand. He can try to tame the past that is fast catching up with him. The only thing Tom must not do is fall in love.

Author: Matt Haig

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This review contains major spoilers for the book.

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