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.

A Map For Wrecked Girls **ARC Review** (Spoiler Free)

Author: Jessica Taylor | Published: August 15, 2017 by Dial Books | Series: N/A | Length: 361 pages | Genre: YA Realistic fiction | Source: I got this book while attending BookCon.

First off, I want to give a big thank you to Dial and Penguin for allowing me to read this book!  Thank you for all your hard work to always put out amazing books!

Emma and Henri have been attached at the hip their whole lives until an event causes a rift between the sisters.  When the unthinkable happens on a beautiful island vacation, the sisters end up stranded on an island with a boy named Alex who has as many secrets as they do.  As Alex and Emma fall together, Emma and Henri fall tragically apart.  If they want to survive they’ll need to dig up and face their past to be able to move forward and find their way out of this beautiful hell.

I really enjoyed this book a lot.  One thing that really stuck out to me was the sisters relationship with each other.  It reminded me a lot of Caraval, but I wasn’t so crazy about the sisters relationship in that book.  Emma and Henri were a bit better, but their relationship felt almost toxic.  Emma would do anything for her sister who didn’t care what happened at all.  I don’t know if it’s just because I don’t have a sister, but I don’t know how someone can act like that.  It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around.  There was an event near the end of this book that got me so riled up it was ridiculous.  For the sake of keeping this review spoiler free I cannot say too much more about it.  I just made me so frustrated with one of the characters, and I wanted to slap them around for how ridiculous they were being.  This book also reminded me a bit of that TV show Lost.  For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, the gist of the show is a plane crashes on an island and the survivors have to figure out how to get off the island.  But instead of a plane there was a shipwreck that caused these characters to be stuck.  It almost makes me even more nervous to go out on the ocean as if my thalassophobia (fear of the sea/deep water)  would even let me get on a boat in the first place lol.  I really could not imagine having to survive for days on an island.  I do know a few survival type things, but I don’t know if I could make it long enough until someone was able to find me.  I’ve gotta give these characters props for surviving for as long as they did.  I also would go stir crazy and want my books lmao.

Overall, I really liked this book.  The pacing was really good, and it kept me on my toes and wanting to know what was going to happen next.  I definitely recommend this book to anyone that liked the sister relationship in Caraval or liked the TV show Lost.

I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads

July Book Haul (2017)

Books, books, books!  Gotta love getting more books!  This is literally my favorite time of the month, but it also makes me sad because I now have an even bigger TBR pile than when I started out the month.  Oh, well :).

1) When Dimple Met Rishi by: Sandhya Menon

I’ve heard a lot of people talking about this book lately.  It sounds like such a cute romance story.  I don’t know much more than Dimple is going to a summer program for web developers and her parents and Rishi’s parents are trying to hook them up through that program.  I’m not sure when I’ll get to this book, but hopefully it will be soon.

2) The Traitor’s Kiss by: Erin Beaty

Okay. . . this was a total cover buy for me.  I know absolutely nothing about this book other than the fact that I could not not have a book with a beautiful cover such as this on my shelf.  There are so many different textures in the designs on this cover that I just cannot stop running m fingers across it.  I probably look like such a weirdo petting my book, but I don’t really care. #sorrynotsorry

3) Our Dark Duet by: Victoria Scwab

I’m kinda sad that this series is only a duology, but yay, I don’t have to wait as long for the series to finish.  Now that I have this book I can finally sit down and binge read this series.

4) Stalking Jack the Ripper by: Kerri Maniscalco

This book has been one of my most anticipated reads, but I have no idea why I had not even gotten this book until now.  Well I can’t say that, I normally end up buying other books on my wish list and this one never seemed to make it to the top when I actually had money to buy more than one book.  Anyways, now that I have it I’m definitely going to be taking it on vacation with me in August and devouring it.

5) Zero Repeat Forever by: Gabrielle Prendergast

A boy who only knows his rank, Eighth, and a girl who is isolated in the wilderness after the Nahx attack.  Somehow these two get thrown together and must rely on each other to survive.  This book sounds like it will be action packed and nail bitingly thrilling!  I’m so happy that I was able to snag an ARC to read and review :).

6) Wonder Woman: Wabringer by: Leigh Bardugo

I can’t even think straight I’m that excited that this book is in my possession.  When I first heard of this book, I knew that I had to get a copy of it even if I did have to wait until it’s release date.  Through a few trades I was able to get this book and I just can’t help but freak out.  Eeeeee!!!!  You can bet you bottom dollar I’m gonna review this beauty for y’all!

7) Retribution Rails by: Erin Bowman

Oh. My. God.  I. . .I just. . .I’m speechless lol.  As soon as I finished Vengeance Road I knew that if Erin wrote any more YA western books I just had to have them.  I soon heard that this book was coming out and I just had to have a copy.  I was able to get an eARC on Netgalley, but to complete my physical book collection I needed a hard copy of the ARC.  Luckily I was able to get one through a trade and I was a nervous mess as I waited for it to be delivered.  I just know this book is going to be amazing, and I’m already so excited for Erin to release another YA western.

8) The Dire King by: Willaim Ritter

Technically this is and eARC, but if you have been with my blog since my last vacation last August you will know how much of a fan I am of the Jackaby series.  I literally freaked when I found out that I was selected to get an early copy of this book.  I do realize that I only have a review of the first book up(man I’m slacking lol), but I will be posting the rest and then this one!  If you love Sherlock you’ll love this book!

9) The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by: Mackenzi Lee

This book has been all over my Bookstagram and Twitter feeds recently.  A European cross-country track with a little romance sounds so interesting.  I knew I was going to have to buy this book the next time I had a little bit of money to spare, but I was delighted to get this book in my Owlcrate box for the month of July.  I so badly want to take this book on my vacation with me because who doesn’t want to read about a cross country trek while being on their own adventure?

10) The Library of Fates by: Aditi Khorana

I found this subscription box a while ago called PageHabit and I knew that at one point or another I would have to get a box or two from them.  These boxes are curated by and author and you get two books of their choosing and an annotated copy of their most recent release.  This book was the annotated copy that I got.  It’s been so hard not to flip through and read them all before I actually get to the book itself.

11) Brown Girl Dreaming by: Jaqueline Woodson

This was the second book that I got in my PageHabit box.  I don’t really know much about this book, but it is either a bunch of poems or one big story told in poetry form, which I find pretty neat.

12) The Disappearances by: Emily Bain Murphy

I received this book in my Book(ish) Box for the month of July.  I know this book is a mystery/possible thriller and the main character’s mother somehow disappears or something like that.  This is the type of book that I don’t like to go into it knowing a lot about the plot, I like to go into it knowing almost nothing.

13) This Mortal Coil by: Emily Suvada

I got this book in a kind of random trade.  I know it has something to do with a deadly plague and a girl who can gene-hack which sounds epic!  I’m excited to dive into this book and see what kind of crazy DNA stuff goes on!

So many amazing books to look forward to in the coming months!  Now I just wish I didn’t have to adult and I could just sit home all day to read and review all of these books for y’all.

 

July Wrap Up (2017)

I’m loving getting back into reading again!  You have no idea how happy this makes me!  It’s such a relief getting to read so many books every month like I used to.  Enough of my happy gushing, let’s get into the books!

1) Lady Midnight by: Cassandra Clare 5/5 Stars

First off, I listened to this audiobook while driving or doing stuff around the house.  It was actually my second time going through this book.  I read it a few months after it came out and wanted a refresher before I jump into Lord of Shadows next month.  I’m ashamed to say that I forgot a lot and was surprised at parts I should have known were coming lol.  Either way I’m happy I got to this and was able to enjoy it again.

2) The Darkest Part of the Forest by: Holly Black 3/5 Stars

This is the first book that I have ever read by Holly Black.  I’m trying to read at least a few of her books before I pick up The Cruel Prince just to get a feel for her writing style.  I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book.  It did have it’s interesting points, but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped to.  Hopefully her other books will be better reads for me.

3) The Waking Land by: Callie Bates 3.5/5 Stars

I got this book in my May Illumicrate, and I was so excited to read it, but like the previous book in this list it fell short of my expectations.  I’m not really the biggest fan of high fantasy because there is so much information and so many characters to keep track of, and this book read like that for the first third or so.  A lot of the time I’d end up rereading passages or just skipping because I’d be so confused on what was happening.  Plus I wasn’t a big fan of the main character as she always seemed to have an inner struggle with her power or pine over the want to know if a guy liked her.  It was just annoying to me. Sorry if you really did enjoy this book 😦  You can read my full review on it here.

4) Ash and Quill by: Rachel Caine 4/5 Stars

The third installment to The Great Library series was epic!  The more I read of this series, the better they seem to become.  I initially got and eARC of this book off of Netgally, and i owned but had not read the first two books in the series.  That gave me the push to start them, which now I’m kicking myself for not having started them sooner.  This series reminds me so much of Farenheit 451, which was one of my favorite reads in high school.  If you would like to read my full spoiler free review on this book you can find it here.

5) The Thousandth Floor by: Katherine McGee 5/5 Stars

AAAHHHHH!!  I was so not expecting to like this book as much as I do.  I absolutely love when I find a book like that because it doesn’t happen very often.  This book was almost like a futuristic soap opera set in a thousand floor tower with drama and crazy plot twists that leave you begging to be left alone so you can consume this book and all its glory.  Once I started reading this book it was all I could think about if I had to put my book down and actually adult for once.  I will have a review of this book up within a week or so where you can read all my thoughts on this amazing beauty!

6) A Map For Wrecked Girls by: Jessica Taylor 4/5 Stars

The Lost vibes were strong with this book.  A vacation gone horribly wrong leads to a struggle for survival for two sisters and a boy they just met.  I really liked this book, and flew through it in two sittings.  It almost makes me that much more scared of boats and open water.  As if my thalassophobia (fear of the sea/deep water) wasn’t enough lol.  my review for this book will also be up within a week or so.

This month was amazing reading wise, and I’m hoping this continues because I have so many review books I need to read and review for y’all!

Ash and Quill **ARC Review** (Spoiler Free)

Author: Rachel Caine | Published: July 11, 2017 by New American Library | Series: The Great Library #3 | Length: 368 pages | Genre: YA fantasy | Source: I received an eARC copy of this book through Netgalley.

PLEASE NOTE: While this review does not contain spoilers for said book, it may contain spoilers for the first and second books in the series.  So if you have not read the first or second 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 and the second book here.  Thank you!

I also want to give a big thank you to Berkley Publishing for allowing me to read and advance copy of this amazing book!

After escaping the war-torn London, Jess Brightwell and his group of exiles find themselves thrust into captivity by the burners in Philadelphia.  As they work together to find a way out of the walls and the awaiting Library soldiers on the other side, they find out the Library will do absolutely anything to contain secrets.  Even if it means sacrificing hundreds of innocent people.  With the idea of the press being one of their only bargaining chips, Jess and his group will have to decide if they want to fight or quietly slip into the shadows.

This book series just keeps getting better and better!  It did seem to drag just a bit in the beginning, but once things got rolling they really got rolling.  The action in this book definitely kept up with the action in the previous two books.  I cannot believe the people of the Library would go as far as they did in this book.  So many bad things happened.  And don’t get me started on that ending!!  I think it is now becoming a theme that each book is ending in an even more extreme cliff hanger than the last.  I don’t know if I can wait a whole year for the next book.  I need to know what happens!!  I’m so freaking happy that we get to see more Frauke!  This book series reminds me so much of Farenheit 451 and it’s making me so happy because I loved that book.  I seriously cannot recommend this series enough!

I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.