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Top 5 Tuesday – 2018 Anticipated Releases

Happy New Year! 2017 was an amazing year for books and I HOPE that stays the same in 2018. This post is all about my anticipated releases of 2018! I hope you enjoy them as much as me!

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton

Now if y’all read my review of “My Lady Jane,” you will know I loved that book more than any other book at the time of reading it. Fantasy and Historical Fiction are my all time favorite genres and what not so I’m super hyped for “My Plain Jane.” Now I won’t go too far into why I love this series so here’s the link to my review of “My Lady Jane.”

The Queens Rising by Rebecca Ross

I can’t say exactly why I’m looking forward to this novel. I think it’s just the idea of patrons seems so amazing and intricate. Brienna seems to be a relatable character so I can’t wait to read this novel as soon as possible. Although characters make or break books in my opinion so I really hope it lives up to my expectations.

Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare

Scriptology. That’s all I feel I need to say. I feel like this will be a really good book because this is a topic that isn’t usually written in novels. I can’t I’ve ever seen scriptology as the main topic of a book, ESPECIALLY YA!  I’ve already preordered this book.

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

This reminds me of “The Hate U Give” so much. Racial stereotyping is such an important issue today. We may not think about it all the time but it happens and it’s a tragedy when it does happen. So I’m really happy this is coming out, I feel like this will be amazing! This novel really, according to the synopsis, kind of focuses on the murder aspects of racial profiling, that alone will make the story interesting at the least!

Hamilton and Peggy! A Revolutionary Friendship by L.M. Elliott

I’m not gonna lie. The only reason I’m excited about this novel is the fact that it’s a historical fiction novel. Realistically, that’s my favorite genre in YA. So I don’t really know anything about Hamilton or Peggy… I know. But DON’T WORRY FRIENDS! I’m going to look up more about the two (I should know something going into this, right?).

So that’s my top 5 anticipated releases this year! Tell me yours in the comments, I’d love to hear your recommendations! Thank you for reading and I hope you had a fantastic new year!

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Top 5 Tuesday – YA World War 2 Historical Fictions

Historical Fictions, why are they so amazing one may never know. Here are some amazing historical fictions!

I’ve really been forward to this specific post! There’s a certain something I love about historical fictions! They take you back in time to a different place, something you didn’t live through. While a lot of historical fictions are sad, a lot can also be uplifting.

DISCLAIMER: All opinions are my own so I hope they don’t upset y’all!

1. “Between Shades of Grey” by Ruta Sepetys 

There’s not much I can say about this without getting emotional. This novel tore my heart to pieces, it has so many elements of love and family! The mother is my favorite character and I CANNOT recommend this novel anymore!

For more information, the review I wrote can be found here!

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2. “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak

I enjoyed this novel a lot, the only thing I HATED about this novel, the beginning was exhaustingly slow but once you get past maybe the first hundred pages it’s amazing! I thought that the opening was beautifully written with why the novel has the name it has. I strongly recommend this novel!

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3. “Anna and the Swallow Man” by Gavriel Savit

THE SYMBOLISM THOUGH. The symbolism in this novel was amazing. It was a quick read that I could NOT put down! Anna may know that the swallow man isn’t her father, they both still have an amazing parental connection. This novel is a read I really recommend!

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4. “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” by John Boyne

The premise of this novel was what I loved, it was sad but beautiful. The friendship between Bruno and a child on the other side of the mysterious fence. This novel shows the true travesty of World War 2 and I loved Boyne’s interpretation of this heartfelt novel!

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5. “Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein

I had absolutely no intention of putting this novel on the list yet by a turn of events, here we are! I personally didn’t love the beginning of the novel but it progresses into something intriguing. I loved the aspect of spies and friendship! While this isn’t my favorite WW2 novel, it’s still a great book to read!

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Thank you for reading! Have an amazingly good day!

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Top 5 Tuesday – Releases of 2017

Welcome my dudes to the best-ish post you’ll ever read-

Hey y’all! This is a new segment that will be on my blog every Tuesday from now on. I’ve seen a ton of bloggers do these top 5 days and I really wanted to start one! So here we are, today we’ll be talking about releases of 2017!

All of these are my opinions so I hope they don’t upset anyone lol if they do I apologize in advance!

These are in no particular order, only the order in which I thought of them.

1. “Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green

OK, let’s be real y’all, you knew or at least assumed this novel would appear somewhere on this list BUT I didn’t think I’d put it on this list. I will make it clear not, I am NOT a John Green fan. I mean he’s a great guy I’m sure but his writing style has never been my thing. The reason this novel is on my list is that I enjoyed how he implemented mental illness into this novel. It made it a worthwhile read and I was able to get through it, I usually can’t finish his novels lol. For John Green fans, this, in my opinion, is one of his best novels so far!

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2. “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

This novel shook me. This was one of those reads that I couldn’t put down, it deals with the ideas of racism amazingly! For me, this novel brought into play some important topics that I normally avoid in the world. I enjoy believing that racism doesn’t still exist but it’s an important issue that needs a change. “The Hate U Give” reminded me of how our world is and frankly, it shines a different light on race and that’s really important!

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3. “The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue” by Mackenzi Lee

This book was amazing, I had just read “My Lady Jane” prior to reading this and in my mind, they were both similar but amazing and different at the same time! I’ve been REALLY into historical fiction recently so I’m very biased about this novel. Hilarious is an understatement for this novel and the cover is fantastic. Originally, I had no intentions of reading this but I had a lot of people tell me it was amazing so I did. I have no regrets lol! If you enjoyed “My Lady Jane” go buy this book right now, you will not be disappointed, it just pulls you in and gives you a good laugh!

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4. “Hunted” by Meagan Spooner

Beauty and the Beast is one of my all-time favorite fairy tales, be it the fabulous Disney version or the very grim Grimm fairy tales version, I love the premise of this particular fairy tale! So lemme tell you this, “Hunted” does an amazing job of retelling the best fairy tale of all time. Once again, slight bias, not towards the book but every other aspect of the books premise. While “Hunted” has its own little spin on the classic tale, the truth remains that this version of Beauty and the Beast is VERY similar to the Disney version of the tale. That part slightly bothered me at first but all around this novel was spectacular at bringing the tale to life!

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5. “Eliza and Her Monsters” by Francesca Zappia

To be honest, I only picked up this novel because I’d heard it was similar to “Fangirl.” That’s quite literally my only excuse for reading this, but let’s be real fam, THIS WAS SO GOOD! This novel is one of those fantasies that artists have lol, they created a top webcomic and find the love of their dreams. I, at first, figured this would be a fluffy contemporary with no true plot but I was pleasantly surprised. I won’t go too in-depth on why I adored this novel as I believe it’s best to experience the joy for yourself!

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Thank you for reading! I appreciate you taking the time to read this!

 

 

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“My Lady Jane” by Cynthia Hand, Brody Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (Review)

Lady Jane Grey or Dudley as known throughout history was queen for nine days following her cousin’s abrupt death. “My Lady Jane” is a comedic retelling of this very tale in history except there’s a few twists and turns. In the novel, there are two types of people; the edians and the verities. Edians have the ability to turn into animals which upsets the verities. This will come into play the majority of the plot.

When Edward finds out he’s sick, he gets worse and worse. Lord Dudley told him to make Jane the queen, sounds great right? Wrong. This occurs around the time when he also has Edward marry Jane off to his son Gifford. Gifford is an edian without control of his power and Jane, this is something y’all book lovers can relate to, she loves to read! Their relationship slowly builds up as Jane really didn’t want marriage. She’d begged Edward not to marry her to Gifford.

This book is a fantastic retelling. The comedic aspects of the novel were amazing. Personally, I love historical fiction so that also played a major part in my love for the novel. I mean, it’s set in the 1500’s! My main concern heading into this novel though was the hype. I don’t know what it is about me but generally, I don’t like retellings. Retellings are the kind of make it or break it genre in the book community but really I ended up loving this! Honestly though, the comedy is ever so slightly repetitive but personally, I didn’t mind.

This novel brought history to life, well more or less, the fact is that this novel did follow the majority of the true tale of Lady Jane Grey. In fact, I never dreamed I’d end up reading this novel. The characters grow so much throughout the novel, it’s a precious thing to be able to watch them grow in relationships. Jane and Gifford have that special love we all are looking for in life.

Finally, I adored this novel and can’t wait for the next novel in the series, “My Plain Jane”! “My Lady Jane” is now one of my favorite books, if you ever see it, pick it up and you won’t be disappointed. You’ll find you’re on the edge of your seat the entire read! I’ll be giving this a 4.2 out of 5 stars! Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!

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“Out of the Easy” by Ruta Sepetys (Review)

OK, so y’all know the drill so let’s get right into this beauty!

I was a tad uneasy (see that amazingly lit pun) about starting this book as I’ve read previous historical fiction novels by Ruta. Her previous books were so amazing and her imagery was spectacular. And yet, this novel to me was equally amazing.

This novel begins while Josie is young after just moving to New Orleans with her mother, a brothel prostitute in the French Quarter. Josie is a spunky girl who ends up working for the owner of the brothel named Willie. Josie lives in the top of a bookstore she works at and dreams of going to college. She dreams of escaping the name her mother gave her.

I genuinely enjoyed this novel although it had a few minor quirks. One of my main issues is with Sepetys writing style as a whole… She ALWAYS kills my favorite characters. Now as this is a spoiler free review, I won’t state who dies and who lives. But as always people slip up sometimes. But one of the best parts of this novel was the plot line since it’s a murder mystery and let’s face it, those are some of the finest novels y’all could ever read as a whole (or at least in my opinion)!

If it weren’t for the fact that Josie is a true representation of living and breathing in a book lovers paradise, she may not have been my all-around favorite character in this book. But ya know, she lives in a bookstore and has access to all she could ever want to read. For most of us, that’s a paradise and a half.

As always, Sepetys presents a beautifully outspoken writing style that honestly, I aspire to have. This is a fully developed novel that I truly recommend. It will keep you on your toes throughout the entire novel.

I’ll be giving this novel a 4.3 out of 5 stars! Thank you and have a fabulous day my dudes!

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“Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys (Review)

This novel was one of the most beautifully written historical fiction books I’ve read in the recent months. Sepetys’ doesn’t and hasn’t ever shied away from topics from World War 2 as previous Young Adult authors have done in the past.

I absolutely adored every aspect of this novel. It started slow introducing the four main characters. During this novel, all four people are given their own perspectives and personalities thrown into the near end of the World War. They all have their part but it takes about 80-90 pages until all their paths truly start staggering together. This novel is for people who want a rather historically accurate novel about the lives of people all other Europe during the war.

The writing is the equivalent to Ruta’s best novel so far, “Between Shades of Grey,” which I’ve previously reviewed. Her writing connects you with the characters. Ruta will have you crying by the end of the novel guaranteed. The emotions creeping up and will encase you whole. Her words are delicately placed upon the pages. Should you not read this book, at least read one of her other books!

The only thing I disliked about this novel is the timing and speed of the read. This book won’t get to the true start until around page 70. Given the fact that it’s makes up for in character descriptions and background knowledge, I was able to push through the pain of the slow beginnings but if you can’t handle slow starts to books, you most likely won’t make it through the beginning of this novel. It’s entirely worth is to push through it though.

All in all, I’d completely recommend this novel! I’ll be giving it 4.3 out of 5 stars. If you like historical fiction novels, no matter the slow beginning, this novel will change your perspective on life! Have a good day!

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“Between Shades of Grey” by Ruta Sepetys (Review)

“Exactly a year before, the Soviets have begun moving troops over the borders into the country. Then, in August, Lithuania was officially annexed into the Soviet Union. When I complained at the dinner table, Papa yelled at me and told me to never, ever say anything derogatory about the Soviets. He sent me to my room. I didn’t say anything out loud after that. But I thought about it a lot.”

As someone who really never reads World War II fiction novels. I’m shockingly amazed and honestly glad I read this book. A book of horror and beauty combined into one? Honestly, this book shattered me into a million pieces. This is probably one of the saddest and emotionally tearing novels I’ve ever read. Hearts will break and shatter.

The novel started by introducing us right into the main plot. In 1941, Lina Vilkas is found in the middle of the night by soviet officers. Her family is Lithuanian and on Stalin’s extermination or “hit” list. Given 20 minutes to pack and leave her childhood home, Lina is brought onto a tireless and really halting journey. This book is beautifully written but it talks about a side of history not many really know about or don’t care to learn about. This book focuses on the psychological effects on not only the Jews but also the people the Soviet Union captured and put through a living hell.

I can’t say there’s anything that I could truly hate about this book. The writing showed to throw you into a new world. The world that existed n an uncharted land of our hearts and wasn’t truly taught in schools. Reading historical fiction is a double-edged sword, it’s either beautifully written and speaks to your soul or doesn’t speak to you. When you can feel the emotions of the characters you love it much more. Lina, her mother, and her brother are all characters with a lot of depth. This is one of those few novels where the mother is the true protagonist of the novel. Her mother did all she could to survive and make sure her only children would survive. That itself made this novel worthwhile.

I’m looking forward to reading more from Ruta Sepetys. I no doubt will be recommending this novel, not only is it a form of a history lesson for those who’re unaware of the tragedies that occurred during Stalin’s reign but it also is a breathtakingly beautiful novel even if it’s also a tragically spectacular novel. I’m giving this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars! Caio!