reviews · YA

“The Babysitters Coven” by Kate Williams (Review)

Hello friends! Can I just say, I was so happy when the publisher allowed me to read this ARC! I’d seen this ARC on Netgalley and just really liked the concept BUT this was not what I was expecting so here we go!

I received this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my views of the book. All opinions stated are unbiased.

STATS FOR THE BOOK

Length: 368 Pages

Publication Date: September 17th, 2019

Goodreads Rating: 3.59 Stars out of 22 Ratings

SYNOPSIS

Seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl has a babysitters club. She knows it’s kinda lame, but what else is she supposed to do? Get a job? Gross. Besides, Esme likes babysitting, and she’s good at it.

And lately Esme needs all the cash she can get, because it seems like destruction follows her wherever she goes. Let’s just say she owes some people a new tree.

Enter Cassandra Heaven. She’s Instagram-model hot, dresses like she found her clothes in a dumpster, and has a rebellious streak as gnarly as the cafeteria food. So why is Cassandra willing to do anything, even take on a potty-training two-year-old, to join Esme’s babysitters club?

The answer lies in a mysterious note Cassandra’s mother left her: “Find the babysitters. Love, Mom.”

Turns out, Esme and Cassandra have more in common than they think, and they’re about to discover what being a babysitter really means: a heroic lineage of superpowers, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from seriously terrifying evil. And all before the parents get home.

WHAT I LIKE

  • Babysitter witches, must I say more. I really enjoyed the idea of the “sitters” but I did have some small qualms with this idea. I’ll write more about this in my “WHAT I DON’T LIKE” section of the post. I’ve always just adored reading about witches and their craft! It’s kind of a weird hobby but ya know-
  • The cover is absolutely stunning! I adore the color scheme and just how abstract the colors are aligned.
  • The storyline was easy to follow! It didn’t feel slow paced at all which is sadly something that makes me hate most books.
  • Esme and Janis’s friendship was realistic.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE

  • Our main character Esme acts more so has the nature of a 10-year-old than an actual almost 18-year-old. It was really… It just made the story less worth reading.
  • It felt like the author was trying to force the magical elements at times. I feel as though the whole “sitters” idea was cool, just not planned out well enough.

OVERALL OPINIONS

I actually really liked this book even with the problems I found! These problems could be easily amended by the author or just straight up ignored by the reader. However, I don’t believe that these issues are too big of a deal for me.

Truthfully, at first, I was unsure what to rate this book.

I mean, yes I love the idea of witches. But I also can’t say that I believe the author executed this theme well.

I liked how the characters interacted, but I didn’t like the main character at all.

So what do I rate this book?

Overall, I will be giving this book 4 out of 5 stars!

Thank you for reading! Have a wonderful day!

Tell me, how do you feel about immature teen characters? Do you like them or is it something that makes it difficult for you to get through the book?

 

 

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reviews · YA

“Crown of Coral and Pearl” by Mara Rutherford (Review)

Welcome back to the blog, friends! Today’s post is a book review! (I’m catching up on my Netgalley arcs)

I received this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my views of the book. All opinions stated are unbiased.

STATS FOR THE BOOK

Length: 384 Pages

Publication Date: August 27th, 2019

Goodreads Rating: 4.41 Stars out of 59 Ratings

SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS

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.

WHAT I LIKE

  • The relationship between the sisters, Nor and Zadie, just felt real. The whole thing just felt authentic which really was a plus to the story!
  • Nor’s loyalty. Nor was not only loyal to her family but she was completely loyal to her home.
  • Ceren was the perfect villain but also was your stereotypical villain. If you like stereotypes, you’ll like Ceren as a villain.
  • The plot kept me wanting more. Every time you thought it was getting boring. BAM! Something happened in the story to spice it up!

WHAT I DON’T LIKE

  • The romance with Talin was actually terrible and not worth putting into the story in my opinion. The entire time reading this, I just kept waiting and waiting and waiting for this romance to actually develop. And it never did. As someone who really enjoys reading romances, this really let me down.
  • The ending was not wrapped up at all.

OVERALL OPINIONS

I really enjoyed this book for the most part. My favorite thing about the story was just the sister bond. Not all authors are able to execute this very well so for me, that made the story that much more worth reading.

Also, just the fact that the plot was good up until the end. But personally, I would have preferred everything to be nicely wrapped until in a bow. I wouldn’t say this made the story terrible, I just think it could have been done better is all. The ending is one that you would expect for a sequel and that is not the case here.

I’d recommend this book for Fantasy readers as a whole. I think everyone could find something to like about this book! Honestly, so long as you can make it through the underdeveloped romance, you may love (or at least like) this book!

Overall, I would give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars!

Thank you for reading! Have a wonderful day!

Tell me, if books have romance, how do you feel is it’s underdeveloped? Do you care or is it not a huge deal for you? 

reviews · YA

“Smoke and Key” by Kelsey Sutton (Review)

Welcome to once again another book review!

I received this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my views of the book. All opinions stated are unbiased.

STATS FOR THE BOOK

Length: 309 Pages

Publication Date: April 2nd, 2019

Goodreads Rating: 3.93 Stars out of 136 Ratings

SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS

“A sound awakens her. There’s darkness all around. And then she’s falling…

She has no idea who or where she is. Or why she’s dead. The only clue to her identity hangs around her neck: a single rusted key. This is how she and the others receive their names—from whatever belongings they had when they fell out of their graves. Under is a place of dirt and secrets, and Key is determined to discover the truth of her past in order to escape it.

She needs help, but who can she trust? Ribbon seems content in Under, uninterested in finding answers. Doll’s silence hints at deep sorrow, which could be why she doesn’t utter a word. There’s Smoke, the boy with a fierceness that rivals even the living. And Journal, who stays apart from everyone else. Key’s instincts tell her there is something remarkable about each of them, even if she can’t remember why.

Then the murders start; bodies that are burnt to a crisp. After being burned, the dead stay dead. Key is running out of time to discover who she was—and what secret someone is willing to kill to keep hidden—before she becomes the next victim…”

WHAT I LIKE

  • The cover is stunning! It’s a cover that you’ll see and just want to know what the story is about. The cover is always the first thing people judge so having a beautiful cover was what drew me to this book.
  • It had some creepy sort of mystery elements. It did not rely too heavily on the mystery which made the book better.
  • The intrigue didn’t stop.
  • It’s original. Now I know, I know, a lot of people think nothing can be original in the book world anymore but lemme tell ya. The world of Under is so intriguing and well thought out. It’s very imaginative and gives the sense of The Wizard of Oz and a Tim Burton movie combined but at the same time, it doesn’t. This is a world difficult to explain and that my friends are what makes it that much more unique.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE

Honestly, there’s not much about this book that I didn’t like, but here they are!

  • To start, there were some plot twists that were too predictable. It took away from the mystery aspect at times.
  • The opening of the book goes kind of slow which really gets boring. It took me a couple of days to force myself to get further in the book just because I kept getting so distracted.

OVERALL OPINIONS

I really enjoyed this book but going into it, you just have to be wary of how slow paced it can be at times. The book itself is truly wonderful if you can push past that boring beginning.

It’s one of those books that if you don’t like fantasy, you will not enjoy this book. The fantasy elements are what drive the main storyline which for me, I loved. Being taken into a world that isn’t real is just so calming.

I’d recommend this book to people who have the time to invest in reading the book.

Overall, I would give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I may love the atmosphere but the pace is what really prevented me from giving this book 4 stars.

Thank you for reading! Have a great day!

Tell me, is it easy for you to get invested in slow-paced books? Do you like slow beginnings or do you like the books to jump right into the story?

 

reviews · YA

“The Path Keeper” by N.J. Simmonds (Review)

Welcome to bookland featuring a new review!

ARC provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS

“What if every coincidence was a tiny miracle? What if our life was already mapped out before birth? What if someone had the power to change the path we were destined to follow?

Ella hates her new life in London, she misses Spain and she’s struggling to get over her past until she meets Zac. He has always loved her but he isn’t meant to be part of Ella’s story. Not this time. Not ever. Little does she know that his secret is the one thing that will tear them apart and will force her to live in a world that no longer makes sense, a world more dangerous than she could ever imagine.

The first in a thrilling new YA fantasy series, The Path Keeper is a tale of passion and secrets, of first loves and second chances, and the invisible threads that bind us. Can love ever be stronger than fate?”

WHAT DID I LIKE

  • The romance may have been very cliche at times but don’t we all love that, the feeling of knowing the couple will be together but worrying about the risk anyway
  • Angels. Just straight up Angels.
  • Forbidden Romance – This could have honestly been turned into my kind of chick flick.
  • The cover is beautiful no matter what edition you choose

WHAT I DON’T LIKE

  • The usage of sensitive topics was not covered in a great way, anyone can have trouble writing about suicide and sexual assault. Just it feels like these topics could have been at least researched, it felt like the author didn’t know what they were writing about.
  • Stereotypical romance – This is just something I love but also hate. It’s not entirely black and white but some elements just make the story bland and this is sadly one of them.
  • Zac’s “stalking” of Ella.

OVERALL OPINIONS

I can’t personally say I hated this book. There were things I loved and things that I genuinely thought made the book boring. Does this mean it’s a bad book, no. I just personally had my qualms with it is all.

Even with the problems I found, I’m still giving this 3 out of 5 stars. It’s a book I think people just need to go into not knowing very much.

Book Tag · TBRs · Uncategorized · YA

The TBR Tag

Thank you so much to The Maniacal Unicorn for tagging me to do The TBR Tag! Have you not read their take on the tag, you can read it here! Onto the tag!

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

This has a simple answer, I don’t. I keep all of the books on my bookshelf, read and unread combined. While I do use Goodreads, I have a pretty good memory of what I have and haven’t read! When I move here soon, I’ll for sure need to find a better way to keep track of it!

Is your TBR mostly print or e-books?

It’s kind of… yeah it’s mostly print. I really don’t enjoy reading e-books electronics give me migraines so I more or less avoid e-books unless they’re ARC’s I had given my word I’d read.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

This sort of follows up my answer to the first question but since I don’t really have a way to keep track of my TBR, it’s really more or less what jumps out at me. It usually ends up being the first book that comes to mind when I think of what I want to read next so ye~!

 A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?

“Reawakened” by Colleen Houck, because like two years ago I saw it on Book Outlet and was like “OOOO I WANNA READ THAT!” and I hadn’t even bought it until last month lol~ I know I know but it will (maybe) be read soon!

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A book that’s recently been added to your TBR?

A book I added to my TBR on Goodreads happened today, it’s called “Nice Try, Jane Sinner” by Lianne Oelke! I really hope to get around to reading this immediately when it’s published (January 9th).

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A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?

I KNOW WHAT THIS IS. It’s “The Diviners” by Libba Bray. I’m not gonna lie, I have almost ZERO interest in the plot of this book and I’ve heard it’s amazing but I only bought it at the time because of the cover!

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A book on your TBR that you never plan on actually reading?

It took me a few minutes to answer this because I REALLY want to lie to myself and believe I will actually read this. I won’t I read the first ten pages and told myself I’d come back to it. The book is “The Rest of Us Just Live Here” by Patrick Ness.

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An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

LET’S BE REAL! WE ALL ALREADY KNOW WHAT IM GOING TO SAY! I’m super excited to read “My Plain Jane” which is the second book in the My Lady Janies trilogy by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton! “My Lady Jane” was such a funny historical fiction so I’m really happy there’s a trilogy of books from these three authors!

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A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read except you?

It’s not a book, it’s the entire series. I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t even read the first, YES THE FIRST BOOK, in “The Percy Jackson and The Olympians” series. It’s funny because anyone who knows me would think that I’ve read this because I love reading and learning about mythology so yep, I need to read that!

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A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

“Cody Name Verity” has always been recommended to me because I love historical fiction so much but I don’t know? I’m just not very interested in it and I really don’t like Elizabeth Wein’s writing style.

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A book on your TBR that you’re just dying to read?

I really have been wanting to read “The Women in the Castle” by Jessica Shattuck! I don’t really have anything to say about this one so I’ll leave it at that!

Number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

OK OK, THERE’S GOOD NEWS! I don’t put a whole lot on my Goodreads TBR shelf unless I REALLY want to read it so currently there’s only 49 on there which I think (hope) is a pretty tame TBR shelf. Normally people’s are in the hundreds so I feel pretty accomplished about mine!

So that’s the end of the tag! I hope you enjoyed reading and while I’d love to tag other bloggers, I don’t like making other’s do the tag so yep! If you like to do the tag, please do! I’d love to see y’alls answers! 

Book Tag · Historical Fiction · personal · TBRs · Uncategorized · YA

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!

reviews · Uncategorized · YA

“A Short History of the Girl Next Door” by Jared Reck (Review)

“A Short History of the Girl Next Door” by Jared Reck, for one, this title has a LONG name but also this was NOT the fluffy contemporary goodness I had originally expected from this novel. This novel will make you cry!

This is a novel you should go into as blindly as possible in my opinion.

SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS

“Fifteen-year-old Matt Wainwright is in turmoil. He can’t tell his lifelong best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her; his promising basketball skills are being overshadowed by his attitude on the court, and the only place he feels normal is in English class, where he can express his inner thoughts in quirky poems and essays. Matt is desperately hoping that Tabby will reciprocate his feelings; but then Tabby starts dating Liam Branson, senior basketball star, and an all-around great guy. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough; but, as Matt soon discovers, he’s close to losing everything that matters most to him.”

REVIEW BY MOI

Lemme tell you, I genuinely thought this novel would be all fluff. It’s generally what I expect based on the synopsis. I was wrong I’ll admit that this novel broke my heart into many pieces. All this novel truly needed was a hug!

WHAT I LIKED 

  • This novel was spectacular at getting me invested in the characters lives! By the end of the novel, I was in a way TOO invested in the characters! I didn’t know I could get that invested in the characters.
  • There was a true rollercoaster of emotions I felt while reading!
  • This story really, I guess, brought the fact of unrequited love to life for me. I’ve never really experienced an unrequited love so I feel like that really made this novel heartbreaking for me.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

  • The beginning was slow, it felt uneventful and for maybe a short second, I thought about DNFing this novel. I can’t stand slow beginnings in novels and I feel like that has shined through in my blog. It’s mostly ADHD though so it’s generally not actually against the novel-
  • Realistically speaking, that was my only issue with the novel as a whole.

OVERALL RATING

Altogether, I enjoyed this story, it was very poignant and powerful in a sense. You could truly feel the emotions of the characters which really helped the novel as a whole! I’ll be giving this a 4.5 out of 5 stars!

Thank you for reading! This novel was given to me by Blogging For Books for an honest, unbiased review.