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.

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I gave this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

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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.

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.

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

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.

The Waking Land **ARC Review** (Spoiler Free)

Author: Callie Bates | Published: June 29, 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton | Series: – N/A | Length: 384 pages | Genre: YA Fantasy | Source: I got his book in my June Illumicrate

Fourteen years ago, Elanna was taken hostage by the king as her father’s rebellion failed.  From that point on the king raised her as one of his own, but now rebellion is being whispered about in the kingdom, and Elanna’s father is at the head of it again.  In a twist of events, she is taken back by her father who wants to use her as the figurehead of his rebellion, claiming she is the Wildegarde reincarnated, a powerful sorceress who could control the earth.  Little do they know, Elanna actually has the legendary powers, but she has kept them hidden for so long that she has no idea how to use it.  And being the first Caveadear, or steward of the land, in hundreds of years means that there arent’ an abundance of teachers to help her learn how to use her powers.  As war looms on the horizon, Elanna must choose which side she is on and whether to use her powers for mercy or war.

I was very excited for this book because I saw that it was recommended for readers that loved Leigh Bardugo and I flipping adore Bardugo’s work.  I went into this book not really knowing much and was so confused for about the first 30%.  I’m not much of a high fantasy reader, and this book felt like it read like one.  There were so many names and places and history to take in that I almost just couldn’t get through it because I’d get so lost.  Right around the time things really got rolling in the book it did get a little better, but I still felt a little disappointed with it.  I did end up skimming some paragraphs, which did me more harm than good as I’d miss important parts amidst Elanna’s endless inner battle with her powers or fawning over Jahan.  Both of which got fairly annoying rather quickly.  Another thing that really got me was I really didn’t know who was ruler over what.  Yes there were kings/queens, but there was also an empire involved and it sounded like the empire may rule over them or I could have been wrong.  Either way it confused me a bit.  There was another part I question, but in asking my question I would give away so much so I’ll just leave it at that for now.

Altogether I did fairly enjoy this book.  If it really is going to be a trilogy I’m not sure if I will continue it or if I’ll just leave it after reading the first one.  Hears to hoping the series gets better.

I gave this book 3.5/5 stars on Goodreads.

Paper and Fire Review (Spoiler Free)

Author: Rachel Caine | Published: July 5, 2016 by New American Library | Series: The Great Library #2 | Length: 354 pages | Genre: YA fantasy| 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 on the first book here.  Thank you!

After surviving the introduction to the Library, Jess Brightwell finds out that serving in its army isn’t any better.  He meets with his friends in secret as they plan to free one of their own.  As they carry out their plan to free their friend, the Library’s automata turn on them.  They escape to London to find that the Welsh army is approaching with plans to burn the city.  Soon, Jess must choose where his loyalties lie between either his friends, his family or the Library, who is willing to sacrifice anything and anyone to keep control.

Starting up right where Ink and Bone ended, this book did not fall into the “second book slump.”  There as almost the same if not more action in this book compared to the first!  the Library is so ruthless and cold-hearted that it’s scary at times.  They will do anything to stay in power.  I loved getting to delve a little deeper into the world of the Great Library and see the lengths to which they would go to hide information from the public, and how on the reverse side, people would die over owning and smuggling real books instead of the Library issued blanks.  One thing I can say is poor Frauke.  Her story cannot end like that!!  I absolutely adored this book, and cannot wait to start the next in the series!

This book has some amazing quotes that really make me think of how much of an impact books can have on anyone.  “Books spoke mind to mind, soul to soul across the abyss of time and distance.”  “With the right books, we can change everything.”  “We’re just paper on a shelf, in the end.”  That’s only a few, but I literally could go on and on with all the amazing writing contained in this book.

The deeper and deeper I get into this series the more and more I am reminded of Fahrenheit 451, which was one of my favorite reads in high school.  The Burners remind me of the firemen in the way that they would burn books almost as a statement.  It’s making me desperately want to read Fahrenheit again.  If you have read it and liked it, I highly recommend that you pick up this series! Do it! Do it now!!  You won’t regret it!

I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.