Warcross **ARC Review** and Givaway!(Spoiler Free)

Author: Marie Lu | Published: September 12, 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers | Series: Warcross #1 | Length: | Genre: YA Dystopian/Sci-fi | Source: I got this book through a trade on #booksfortrade on Twitter.

For the millions of people who log into Warcross everyday, it’s not just a game, it’s a way of life.  Created ten years prior, Warcross is now a global phenomenon in which people use it to escape their reality or make a profit.  For bounty hunter, Emika Chen, Warcross is a way to make ends meet. But the bounty hunting world is very competitive, and on a whim, Emika decides to try a hack to gain a little extra cash.  Something during the hack goes wrong and it glitches Emika into the opening match of the Warcross Championships-making her an international sensation overnight.  Dreading that she’ll get arrested, Emika is surprised when she gets contacted by none other than Hideo Tanaka, the creator of Warcross, who has an irresistible offer.  He wants her to act as his spy to sniff out a security issue in this year’s championships.  Emika is quickly whisked off th Tokyo, but as she delves deeper into finding the security breach, she uncovers a sinister plot that could ruin all of Warcross.

When I first heard that Marie Lu had another book coming out, I knew I just had to read it!  I’m so happy that I was even able to get my hands on an early copy of this book as well.  Not only was this one of my most favorite reads of 2017, but it was also my first time reading a book by Marie.  I know, I know.  Shame on me for not having read anything by her beforehand, and now I just want to binge read everything by her!  As of late I’ve been a little dystopianed out and I wasn’t sure how I would like this book as it has some dystopian themes, but once I started I just couldn’t put it down!  There was a crazy twist near the end that makes me so desperate for book two.  I could not wait for this book to come out so I could talk to others about how amazing it was.

Silly me accidentally preordered two copies of Warcross so I want to give one of y’all the chance to read this amazing book!  Please read all of the rules below to make sure you qualify!  Follow the link below to enter!!

I gave this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

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November Wrap Up ’17

I guess I did fairly well reading this month.  Any reading is an acomplishment for me really.  With how busy I’ve been lately I’m happy that I’ve been able to even pick up books and read them.  This month I got to read a few of my anticipated books of late 2017/early 2018 plus a reread of a beloved book.

1) Retribution Rails by: Erin Bowman 5/5 Stars

When I finished Vengeance Road back in August of last year I was in desperate need of yet another YA western from Erin.  I only had to wait a few short months before she announced her plans to write this book.  I knew I would travel forward in time to get the blood of my first born to get my hands on an ARC of this book.  I couldn’t believe it when I was able to snag a copy through a trade.  This book was amazing!!  I don’t want to go into too many details as I’ll save that for my review.

2) Whichwood by: Tahereh Mafi 4/5 Stars

 I was able to get an ARC and read Furthermore last summer, and I really enjoyed how whimsical it was. I was so happy to see that I got an ARC of this book as I needed more adventures of Alice. I didn’t really like this book as much as I did Furthermore, but I’ll save all the finer details for my review. 

3) City of Bones by: Cassandra Clare 5/5 Stars

I have wanted to do a reread of this series for the longest time just for nostalgia. So after starting to date my boyfriend, I found out he was also rereading this series. So that was my sign that I needed to start. I’m not sure if I’ll write a review on the books as I finish them as they already have tons of reviews, but I just might to get all my thoughts out on them. 

4) The Cruel Prince by: Holly Black 4/5 Stars

I’ve read a few other books by Holly, but I have to say this one was by far my favorite out of them all. I couldn’t really connect with any of the other main characters, but I felt like I had more of a connection with Jude. Stay tuned for my review which should be up in the next few days.

I’m so happy about what I read this past month that I don’t really care if it has been a few books less than I have read in the past. I can’t wait to get into a bunch of January releases in December!

November Book Haul ’17

Holy ARCs Batman!!  I feel so blessed to have gotten as many books as I have this past month.  I was able to go to Yallfest again this year, and I never expected to walk away with as many books as I did.  A huge majority of this list are books that I got there or while in Charleston, SC.  On a side note, Yallfest is so much fun as you get to meet authors and converse with other book nerds.  I would highly recommend going if you haven’t already!  Anyways, let’s get to this list cause it’s a long one.

1&2) Renegades by: Marissa Meyer

This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017.  The day it came out, I rushed to my local Barnes & Noble and got their special edition and quickly packed it away for Yallfest.  When I was waiting in line for Laini Taylor on Friday evening, a girl ahead of me had a copy of Renegades, but it was blood-red under the dust jacket.  My copy on the other hand was blue.  I politely asked her how she got a red book, and she said she got the Target edition which was red with a foil stamped cover.  This book was GORGEOUS!  Later that night I drove to two different Targets just to get a copy so I could have it signed along with my Barnes & Noble one.  Best decision ever!

3) Into the Bright Unknown by: Rae Carson

This is the third and final book in the Walk On Earth A Stranger trilogy.  I don’t know much about this series other than it follows a girl who can sense gold in the ground and lives during the Gold Rush.  Now that I have the complete series, I may start it soon as I’m having major western withdrawals after finishing Retribution Rails.

4) A Darker Shade of Magic (B&N Special Edition) by: V.E. Scwab

I have not read this series yet. *Que the throwing of rotten tomatoes*  I get it, I get it.  This series is amazing, I just haven’t had the time to pick it up yet.  Even though I haven’t read it, I just had to have this gorgeous Barnes & Noble edition for my shelves.

5) City of Bones (10th Anniversary Edition) by: Cassandra Clare

When I first found out this book was going to be a thing I just about cried.  While it was the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy that got me seriously into reading, it was City of Bones that solidified my love of Young Adult books.  I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of this book/series.  My paperback copy of this book is very well-worn and tattered from having read and reread this book so many times.  Plus, because I got this book at Yallfest I was able to get it signed by Cassandra Clare!!  For your information, I fangirled is hard-core.

6) Ink by: Alice Broadway

This was the first ARC I got at Yallfest and it was totally by chance.  I had just gotten out of the Maggie Stiefvater signing and was frantically trying to pack my newly signed books away in a safe place.  I was doing this while standing next to the I Read YA booth where they were currently giving this book away.  I just happened to look up as a girl handed me a copy with a smile.  I took it in my rush thinking it was some kind of sampler that I may not really look at, but when I got to the next signing line I realized it really was an ARC.  And, man, does it sound good!  For every event, achievement, and failing in these characters lives is etched on their skin in the form of a tattoo.  I’m very excited to read this book and review it for y’all.

7) Between the Blade and the Heart by: Amanda Hocking

This is another ARC that I got at Yallfest, and I know next to nothing about it.  I may keep it that way as I’ve always loved going into books blind.  The cover looks really awesome though!

8) Naondel by: Maria Turtschaninoff

My mom was able to grab this ARC for me while I was waiting in line for Yallfest.  The only thing I know about it is it’s a prequel to another book by the same author.  I’m not entirely sure that I will read this book, but I will make sure to review it if I do.

9) American Panda by: Gloria Chao

I’ve heard a lot of people talking about this book and how they cannot wait for its release.  I was so excited to see that my mom was able to snag me a copy at Yallfest.  This book sounds so cute and heartfelt.

10) The Greed by: Scott Bergstrom

This is yet another ARC I got at Yallfest.  I don’t really want to know anything about this book as it is the second book in a series and I have not read the first one.  I will make sure to read and review both of those books for y’all though :).

11) In Her Skin by: Kim Savage

This book was one of my must-gets while I was at Yallfest.  I knew I just had to get it no matter what lengths I had to go through.  Back in May or June I read Here Lies Daniel Tate and this book sounds so similar to that, but the main character is a girl instead of a guy.  If this book is anything like Here Lies Daniel Tate, I’m gonna be one happy reader.

12) Not If I Save You First by: Ally Carter

A dad who is a Secret Service agent, the president’s son as your best friend, and the wilderness of Alaska makes this book so intriguing.  I really had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up at Yallfest, but after reading the synopsis I HAVE to read this book!  I think it will be a fun thriller to read over the winter months.

13) Bookish Boyfriends by: Tiffany Schmidt

What if you could date all the heroes from the story books?  When Merrilee, her best friend, and sister transfer to a different school, it seems like all the boys that attend are straight from the pages of her books.  But she finds out that some first impressions can be deceiving.  Another ARC that I got at Yallfest and it sounds so good!  There are so many bookish boys that I would date if I could.

14) The Accidental Bad Girl by: Maxine Kaplan

With her reputation in tatters going into her senior year of high school, Kendall also finds out her online identity has been stolen and shes been framed for stealing from a drug dealer.  Kendall must find out who she truly is, but not everyone is who the seem.  Yet another ARC I got while at Yallfest that has my interest piqued.  It sounds like another fun winter read.

15) Dating Disasters of Emma Nash by: Chloe Seager

I’ve heard this book is really funny so when I got the chance to get it at Yallfest I jumped on it.  After reading the synopsis and the first page I can already relate to the main character as I’ve had a similar situation happen to me.  I really think I’m gonna like this book!

16) Sky In the Deep by: Adrienne Young

This book has been on my radar ever since I first heard about it being published.  So many people have been talking about this book, and when I heard that they were going to be giving away some copies at Yallfest I made it a point to be waiting in that line.  Thankfully I was able to snag a copy!  The one thing that really drew me to this book were these few lines, “Eelyn’s world is war. Raised to fight in a generations-old blood feud, her life changes forever when she sees her brother on the battlefield, fighting side by side with the enemy.  The Brother she watched die five years ago.”  If those lines don’t get you interested in a book I have no idea what will.

17) Your Name Vol. 1 by: Makoto Shinkai

I saw the movie that this manga is based on this past April, and I absolutely loved it!  I knew that if they ever made a manga I just had to get it!

18) The Dire King by: William Ritter

As the conclusion to one of my most favorite Sherlock reimagining series, this book was another one of my most anticipated reads.  I was able to get an eARC through Netgalley , and was able to read the book prior to its release.  I had been meaning to buy the book once it came out, but I didn’t get the chance to until I was down in Charleston.  I’m sad that this series ended, but I’m happy that I now have this book on my shelf.

19) The Mortal Instruments Graphic Novel Vol. 1 by: Cassandra Clare Illustrations by: Cassandra Jean

It has to do with the Mortal Instruments, need I say more?  Seriously though, I had to have it because not only is it the graphic novel version of one of my all time favorite books, but Cassandra Jean drew the comic!  Her work is absolutely amazing!

20) Rosemarked by: Livia Blackburne

Zivah is a healer, but she cannot heal herself, so when she catches the  deadly rose plague she knows she doesn’t have long.  She’s forced into isolation until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill.  She is thrust together on a high-stakes mission with a soldier seeking vengeance.  They must learn to work together and find a common ground to protect those they love.  This book sounds like such a good fantasy with a little bit of a political edge.

21) Ally by: Anna Banks

I got this book for free at the Charleston Library with the exchange of a ticket I got at Yallfest.  I was extremely happy that a library would have an event like this and I wanted to go to support it.  I love libraries and I really like to support them in any way I can so that others can have the chance to use them as well.  I didn’t want to read the synopsis though because this is the second book in the Nemesis series and I have yet to read the first book.

22) The Fate of the Tearling by: Erika Johansen

SO I have had the first two books in this series on my shelf for the longest time, but I have no idea why I had not picked up the third and final book until now.  Either way, now I have it and I can binge the series one of these days. 🙂

23) Godsgrave by: Jay Kristoff

People have been raving about this series for a while now and I figured I would at least start getting the series so I can read them down the line.  I’ve read some of Jay’s other books (Illuminae & Gemina) and I loved them so I’m hoping I love this series as well.

24) The Glass Spare by: Lauren DeStefano

I received this book in my November Owlcrate.  I have not read the synopsis yet, but I have heard some great things about Lauren’s writing, so I hope I like it.  Plus this book came with an Owlcrate exclusive cover that is drop-dead gorgeous!

25) Bad Girls With Perfect Faces by: Lynn Weingarten

What measures would you go through to prevent your best friend from getting back together with their cheating ex?  Sasha poses as a boy online to lure Ivy, the ex-girlfriend, away from her best friend Xavier.  But things go sickeningly wrong and Sasha must learn to be careful who you pretend to be because you might just become them.  This books sounds like it will be filled with some gloriously gut-wrenching twists and turns.  I can’t wait to read it!

26) Things I’m Seeing Without You by: Peter Bognanni

After Jonah’s suicide, Tess Fowler continues to write to him as a way to cope with her grief and confusion.  She also finds solace in working with her father in one place that you wouldn’t think could help, a funeral home with one of his prized clients being a racehorse.  As his clientele grows they both find comfort in each other and the clients they serve.  This book reminds me a bit of 13 Reasons Why and I Was Here, which is one of the reasons why I bought it.

27) City of Brass by: S.A. Chakraborty

I got this beautiful UK ARC copy in my November Illumicrate.  This book sounds like such an enchanting and adventurous read.  It sounds like the perfect winter read!

28) The Defiant by: Lesley Livingston

Last year I was able to get an ARC copy of The Valiant, and I’m thrilled that I was able to snag an ARC copy of the second book in the series!  I’m so ready for more adventures of the female gladiators!

29) Batman: Nightwalker by: Marie Lu

When I found out that a bunch of YA authors were writing some books about the DC heroes I knew I just had to try to get these books.  I’m so thankful that I was able to get this book through a trade on Twitter.  After reading Warcross a few months ago, I desperately need more of Marie Lu’s books.  Stay tuned for the review on this book!

30) The Traitor’s Game by: Jennifer A. Nielsen

I’ve seen this book on a few social media sites, but I still have no real idea what it’s about.  But when I got the chance to pick this up and get it signed by the author at Yallfest I couldn’t say no.  I can’t wait to get to this book and find out what it’s about.  The cover is drop dead gorgeous though.

31) Hope Nation by: Various YA Authors

This was one of those ARCs that I really thought it was a sampler when I first picked it up due to its smaller size.  Only on closer inspection did I realize that it was actually an ARC for an anthology where multiple authors write essays with messages of hope and inspiration.  I cannot tell y’all enough how excited I am for this as there are going to be some big name authors that contribute to this book.  The little bit that I’ve read is absolutely amazing.  I can tell that this book is going to be something special!

*Phew* *furiously rubs sweat from forehead* That was a LOT of books!  Thanks for staying with me to read all of this!  I never was expecting to get this many books in one month let alone not really have to pay for that many of them.  A huge thanks to all of the publishers and their staff members at Yallfest who put in a lot of hard work to bring a lot of these books into the hands of readers and reviewers.  Y’all can definitely expect a ton of reviews to come in the next few months!

Furthermore **ARC Review** (Spoiler Free)

As I was reading and getting ready to write my review on Whichwood, I realized that I had not yet written a review for Furthermore.  Shame on me!  Due to the fact that I read this book as an ARC I am going to label my review as such because I did not actually read a finished copy of this book.

I read the Shatter Me trilogy a while back and loved how Tahereh Mafi spun the words to form that story.  I was very eager to see how her writing style would translate from a young adult novel to that of a middle grade novel.  I was not disappointed in the slightest!  Now, I am not normally one to read a middle grade book as even as a middle grader I was never really into that style of writing, but Tahereh quickly changed my mind!  Granted, the middle grade novels nowadays are quite different from the time I was an awkward and shy middle-schooler, but I don’t really know why I still just want to skip over them.  Old habits die-hard I guess.  I know for a fact that I will never skip over a middle grade novel of Tahereh’s for the rest of time.

This book was so well written that I quickly was immersed into the worlds of Ferenwood and Furthermore  I could practically see the color bursting before my eyes as I flew through the pages.  Now, mind you, this was a fairly good-sized book and I finished it within two to three days, which is almost unheard of for me.  This book gave off a lot of Alice In Wonderland vibes.  Even the main characters share the same name!  I also really loved how this book is told in second person point of view.  I don’t think I have ever read a book with this point of view, and it was neat being able to hear little snippets from the narrator of the story.  There was one particular thing I didn’t really care for though.  I felt as if the ending was rushed and almost a bit sloppy.  I got a bit nervous as I got to the last few pages and the main character had still not gotten what she was searching for.  Then it was like BING-BANG-BOOM done and I was left a bit shell-shocked.  I had to reread the last few pages to make sure that my copy wasn’t missing any.  I cannot say for sure that they did not change this from the ARC to the finished copy, but I’m still not over how abruptly this book ended.

Altogether, this book was still very good despite my despise of the ending.  I would highly recommend this book if you like middle grade novels or if you like Alice In Wonderland.  Now I’ll have to impatiently wait for Tahereh’s next middle grade novel.

I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

October Book Haul ’17

Yes, I know this is a bit late, but better late than never I always say!  So, in light of my reading slump I have tried to go on a bit of a book buying ban for this month as I have a lot of books I have not read yet, but due to the slump, I have not been able to read much.  Most of these books came from book subscription boxes, and I purchased maybe one in-store and had a couple preorders.

1, 2, & 3) The Language of Thorns by: Leigh Bardugo

I had no intention at all of owning three copies of this book.  I had preordered this book from Barnes & Noble and then I got a copy in my Fairyloot box and another copy in yet another subscription box.  Each copy is unique (US copy has foil stamped cover, Fairyloot copy has red foil lettering, and the other UK copy doesn’t have a dust cover) so I may just end up keeping all of them because you can never have too many books by one of your favorite authors.  I will never be ashamed of owning all the pretty books!

4) An Enchantment of Ravens by: Margaret Rogerson

I’ve heard quite a few good things about this book which made me get it.  Plus, this cover is to die for.  It also sounds a little bit like A Court of Thorns and Roses, of which I absolutely loved!  I’m hoping this book lives up to the hype around it.

5) Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by: Julie C. Dao

I got this book in my Page Habit subscription box for the month of October.  I  love this particular box because the main book that comes with it has annotated notes from the author.  I cannot wait to read this book and see all of the notes that Julie left throughout this copy.

6) Turtles All the Way Down by: John Green

I’m not exactly the biggest John Green fan out there, but when I saw that my local BJ’s had a signed copy of this book I figured that I would just get it.  I have read a few of John Green’s other books, but they were kind of hit or miss for me.  I’ve heard that this is one of his best books yet, so I’ll just have to read it and see what I think.

7) Cradle and All by: James Patterson

This is another book that I saw at BJ’s and thought the synopsis was fairly interesting so I got it.  In short, there are two girls, each virgins and pregnant, one carries the christ and the other the anti-christ.  As natural disasters increase all over the world, both girls must face their fate in this battle for light and darkness.  It sounds like a book with an epic story that may just keep me on the edge of my seat.

8) Wild Beauty by: Anna-Marie McLemore

I received this book in my October Owlcrate, and I do not anything about this book at all.  I may try to keep it that way as I do love going into some books knowing absolutely nothing at all.

9) Retribution Rails by: Erin Bowman

This book was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017.  I even had it preordered as soon as it was available online.  I read Erin’s other book, Vengeance Road, last year and I had been impatiently awaiting the companion novel.  not only is this book cover absolutely gorgeous, the story itself is amazing as well!  Stay tuned for my review on this book!

10) This Darkness Mine by: Mindy McGinnis

This is yet another book that I got in a subscription box that I know absolutely nothing about.  I read A Madness So Discreet by Mindy a few months back and liked that book, but I didn’t really love it.  I do like Mindy’s writing style, so here’s to hoping that this book is better than the last one I read of hers.

While I didn’t get too many books this month, I feel like I got a bunch I will enjoy when I get around to them.  I think I’m going to try to keep up with this kind of ban and only get the books from subscription boxes, but we’ll see how well that goes over.  Maybe sometime soon I’ll finally be over this reading slump, and I’ll actually be able to read some of these new books I get.  I’m also going to start blocking out time to read and blog so that y’all will actually get to hear from me more consistently! Yay!!

October Wrap Up ’17

I think my reading slump is still here :(.  I have been quite busy lately and just haven’t had too much time to actually sit down and read, and when I do have time I fall asleep a few minutes after starting to read.  At least this month was filled with a few books that I really did enjoy.

1) Replica by: Lauren Oliver 4/5 Stars

This book was a fairly quick read for me.  I loved that fact that you could read each story individually or in alternating chapters.  I chose to do the latter, and loved to see the perspective of both girls as the storylines progressed and intermingled with each other.

2) Kate & Jesse by: Erin Bowman 5/5 Stars

I read Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman about a year ago, and I’ve been sorely missing the characters ever since.  When I found out that I could get a short story following Kate & Jesse in the preorder campaign for Retribution Rails I pounced on it.  The events in this short story proceed the events in Vengeance Road, and it is a nice filler before jumping into the upcoming companion novel.

3) All the Crooked Saints by: Maggie Stiefvater 5/5 Stars

This book took me the longest to read out of the few I read this month.  Not because it was a big book, but because I wanted to savor every single word that my favorite author had written.  I love, love, loved this book!  Of course I’m always a huge fan of Maggie’s writing style, but I feel like she did a bit more with this book.  I’m so glad I took my time with this book, but I’m also sad that I’ll have to wait a long while for the next book from Maggie.

Even though I didn’t get to man books this month I still feel like I won considering how highly I rated the books I did read.  I’m hoping that next month I’ll be able to read a bit more as I know I have a few really highly anticipated books on my TBR.

The Dazzling Heights **ARC Review** (Spoiler Free)

Author: Katharine McGee | Published: August 29, 2017 by HarperCollins | Series: The Thousandth Floor #2 | Length: 422 pages | Genre: YA futuristic fiction | Source: I got this ARC at BookCon.

PLEASE NOTE: While this review does not contain spoilers for said book, it may contain spoilers for the first book in the series.  So if you have not read the first book and do not wish to be spoiled please do not continue to read this review.  You can read my review for the first book here.  Thank you!

Haunting nightmares of the worst night of Leda’s life now plague her sleep.  She doesn’t want her deepest secret to get out-which is why she hires Watt to keep an eye on those who do know what happened that night at the party.  But neither know what to do when their business relationship becomes personal.  Rylin hates being stuck at another dead-end job, but when she receives a scholarship to attend an elite upper-floor school, her life magically transforms over night.  There’s only one problem, she’ll be seeing the boy she loves and who’s heart she broke every single day.  Avery is struggling with her forbidden romance.  Is there anywhere in the world she and Atlas can be together?  And then there’s the bohemian beauty, Calliope.  She’s brand new to New York with a devious plot in mind and a list of secrets miles long.  No one is safe in the Tower-their every move is being watched by somebody.  But in a world of such dazzling heights, you’re only one step away from a devastating fall…

First off, I want to say a big thank you to HarperCollins for the chance to read an early copy of this book.  I was thankful that I got the opportunity to snag this at BookCon earlier in the summer.  I loved this book!  Not quite as much as the first one, but this one also had its twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat.  One thing I did want to talk about in my last review, but couldn’t because of spoilers, was Avery and Atlas’s relationship.  I don’t know if it’s just me, but it kinda frustrates me a bit.  Here are two people who are in no way related-yes they grew up with the same parents-and yet it is forbidden for them to be together?  How?  Am I missing something here?  I get that people may think it is a little strange, but to be forbidden?  It’s not in my opinion.  I did like that we got to see a new perspective in this book seeing as Eris is no longer.  Calliope’s storyline was really interesting and how she gets all tangled up with the upper-floor characters.  The ending was almost as crazy as the first book, and I’m really interested to see where the plot will go in the third book.  I wish I didn’t have to wait almost another year for the third and possibly final book in the series.  I’m not sure yet if it is just a trilogy or if there are going to be more books to the series than that.

Altogether, I really enjoyed this book, and if you loved the first book then you’ll definitely love this one as well.

I gave this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

The Thousandth Floor Review (Spoiler Free)

Author: Katharine McGee | Published: August 30, 2016 by HarperCollins | Series: The Thousandth Floor #1 | Length: 448 pages | Genre: YA futuristic fiction | Source: I got this book from my local bookstore.

A glittering thousand floor tower that reaches for the heavens, and dreams that can come true if you are willing to do anything for them.  Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.  A hundred years into the future, New York is still full of opportunities, but the people never change: everyone wants something and they have something to lose.  Leda Cole struggles with a secret addiction to drugs she never should have tried and a boy that she never should have been involved with.  Eris Dodd-Radson’s flawless life comes crumbling down when a heartbreaking betrayal rips her family apart.  Rylin Myers gets swept into the lives of the highrollers through a job her mom used to have.  She never imagined falling in love with her boss either, but will this new life cost her her old one?  Watt Bakradi is a tech genius who knows everything about everyone due to his hardest kept secret.  When he is hired by one of the upper-floor girls to spy on someone, he finds himself caught up in a massive web of lies.  And living in the highest spot is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically engineered to be perfect.  She seems to have it all-yet one thing she can never have torments her.  Amid the latest advancements and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down…

I wasn’t sure how much I would like this book due to it not being a genre or type of book that I would normally pick up on my own.  I ended up listening to the audiobook during my own personal 24 hour readathon, and I think that was the best decision on my part.  Not only was the audio book very well narrated, but it also felt more like a TV show I was listening to in the background.  The further I got into this book the more and more I just couldn’t get enough.  I’m not a big fan of drama in books or soap operas due to the fact that they can be so predictable and boring to me, but this book had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through.  There were a few predictable parts, but way more unpredictable ones that made me love this book so much.  Initially we meet the main five characters and learn about their lives on the floors that they live on.  As the story really starts picking up all of their lives become tangled in a big web.  Plus, the ending was insane!  You kind of know what is going to happen right from the prologue, but how it gets to that point is mind-blowing.  One of the teens story is a bit frustrating for me, and I so badly want to talk about it, but then this review wouldn’t be spoiler free lol.  I may go into a bit more detail in my review of The Dazzling Heights since by then everything will be revealed.

Overall, this book was absolutely amazing and I couldn’t get enough of it.  I desperately cannot wait to get to the second book!  I highly recommend this book if you like thrillers or books filled with teen drama.

I gave this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

Beastly Bones Review (Spoiler Free)

Author: William Ritter | Published: September 22, 2015 by Algonquin Young Readers | Series: Jackaby #2 | Length: 295 pages | Genre: YA fantasy, reimagining | Source: I got this book from my local bookstore.

PLEASE NOTE:  While this review does not contain spoilers for said book, it may contain spoilers for the first book in the series.  SO if you have not read the first book and do not wish to be spoiled please do not continue to read this review.  You can read my review for the first book here.  Thank you!

In 1892, New Fiddleham, New England this are never always as they seem.  Abigail Rook is soon finding that out as she tags along with her new employer R.F. Jackaby as they investigate things on the supernatural level.  When a pack of adorable kittens turns out to be shapeshifters and their owner is murdered with only a puncture wound to go on, Abigail and Jackaby are called to investigate.  Policeman Charlie Cane, newly exiled to Gad’s Valley sends them news and a plead for help when dinosaur bones from a recent dig go missing.  Abigail and Jackaby soon find themselves in search of a thief, a monster, and a murderer.

I recently realized that I had read this book almost exactly a year ago, yet I had not done a review on it.  What the heck Chelcie!  Get it together!  I loved this book so I have no idea why I never wrote a review for it in the first place.  I love this series with my whole heart.  The twist on the Sherlock stories is amazingly done.  There were a lot of new characters that we got to meet in this book that I have a feeling they may play a bigger role down the line.  The budding romance between Abigail and Charlie is driving me insane!  They obviously like each other.  Jeez, just do something about it! This feels like it’s going to be a very long slow burn romance which may drive me over the brink of no return.  I do like how everything came together in ways I wasn’t expecting.  The ending was crazy!!  I desperately couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next book to see what happened next.  I do have to say that the cliffhangers are getting better and more gut wrenching.

Overall, I loved this book!  I highly recommend it if you are a Sherlock fan looking for a little supernatural twist on the famous detectives stories, or if you are in the mood for a quick, quirky mystery.

I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

Snow Like Ashes Review (Spoiler Free)

Author: Sara Raasch | Published: October 14, 2014 by Balzer + Bray | Series: Snow Like Ashes #1 | Length: 416 pages | Genre: YA fantasy | Source: I got this book at my local bookstore

Sixteen years ago, the kingdom of Winter was taken over and many of the inhabitants were taken as slaves.  Their only hope for escape is eight survivors who managed to escape and are waiting for the opportunity to steal their magic back.  Meira, a girl left orphaned by the Winter’s defeat, has trained her whole life as a warrior while on the run.  She vows she will do anything to restore Winter and free her people.  So when a couple of scouts find out where one piece of Winter’s magic locket is, Meira decides to go after it herself.  She finally gets to use her training and be stealthy and fight.  But when things don’t go as planned, Meira’s eyes are opened to the dark magic lingering in her world.  She also soon finds out that her destiny is not, and never has been, her own.

This is actually my second time reading through this book/series.  I read this book way back in January of 2016 along with the second book. I wanted to do a reread because I have yet to read the third and final book in the series, but I don’t really remember too much from the first two books.  I really rushed through this book back then so this time I wanted to slow down and actually delve deeper into the story line.  I really enjoyed this book the last time I read it and this time I absolutely loved it!  Meira is such a stubborn and bull-headed character, which I love, but it does burn her a bit.  Meira’s character at times really frustrates me, but I can see why she would act the way she does.  This world is so freaking cool!  There are eight kingdoms, four seasons and four rhythms.  Each season kingdom’s weather is based on that season!  How cool is that?!  One other thing I really liked about this world was that each season and rhythm kingdom have their own curse words.  Like Winterians say ice and snow above and Cordellians say golden leaves.  I haven’t read very many books that actually have distinct language changes between countries/people in a fantasy world.  There is so much action and lots of events that happen in this book that I hated having to put it down because I just wanted to see what was going to happen next.  There was also one event near the end of this book where I ended up just about throwing this book across the room and screaming because I wasn’t expecting it to happen and it hurt so badly emotionally.

I genuinely loved this book, and was so excited to be able to reread it.  I highly, highly recommend this book if you like fantasy, badass female main characters, and an interesting take on a fantasy world.  I seriously cannot get enough of this world and I cannot wait to start the next book!

I initially gave this book a 4/5 stars, but I have upped that to 5/5 stars on Goodreads.